A police officer was struck Monday night by a Laurel County man as he was helping to secure the man for transport by ambulance.

Eric Meyers, 32, of McWhorter Road, was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Hwy. 687 at Little Goose Creek, around 8 p.m.

Meyers

Eric Meyers

Meyers was unable to walk or stand as police tried to perform a sobriety test on him.  

Meyers speech was slurred and was preparing to be transported to the hospital when he became combative, according to sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Gabbard.

Several people were helping place Meyers on a stretcher when he suddenly struck city policeman Antonio Dodson and attempted to choke him.  Gabbard gave Meyers several open hand strikes to break his grip on Dodson.

During the ordeal, Meyers cussed and threatened the officers and spat blood on several of them.

Manchester Fire Chief Jason Nolan agreed to escort Meyers in the ambulance to the hospital and was combative during transport.

Once at Advent Health, Meyers was very disrespectful to several nurses and screamed racial slurs at staff while threatening to kill everyone involved, according to the citation filed by Officer Gabbard.

Meyers was charged with disorder conduct 2nd; assault 3rd (peace officer) three counts; criminal mischief 3rd; reckless driving; DUI; no license to be in possession; resisting arrest and menacing.  He was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

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