Man pepper sprayed after spitting in deputy's face

Jeff Bobo • Sep 24, 2012 at 2:41 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man was charged with assault on an officer Saturday night for allegedly spitting in the face of a sheriff’s deputy after being arrested for public intoxication.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday HCSO Deputy Matt Pendleton responded to an assault complaint at 103 Woods Road off of Goshen Valley Road south of Church Hill.

Pendleton spoke to Rondell Ketron who was bleeding from his arm, and who reportedly was injured while trying to break up a fight between an unidentified black male and Brandon Kippleing Ketron, 36, of that address.

During the investigation Brandon Ketron allegedly became irate and ran from inside the residence to outside, looking for the black male and threatening to kill him. Pendelton stated in his report that Brandon Ketron had a strong odor of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.

“Mr. (Brandon) Ketron was told not to go outside and continually wouldn’t obey police instructions to stop,” Pendleton said. “At this time it was determined that Mr. Ketron could not care for himself and if left would be a danger to himself and others. After placing Mr. Ketron in custody and in the back of my cruiser he became even more belligerent and was banging his head on my driver side rear passenger window.

“When he was told to stop by Deputy (Sam) Wilhoit, Mr. Ketron spat in the face of Deputy Wilhoit, causing exposed bodily fluids to come into contact with the facial region of Deputy Wilhoit.”

Brandon Ketron was then sprayed with pepper spray, at which time he “became compliant,” Pendleton said. He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges of assault on an officer and public intoxication, and remained held in the county jail on $15,000 bond.

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