Hermiston Police News Release - Response leads to assault on officers

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On the 10th of March, 2011, at 01:53 A.M. Hermiston Police Officers responded to the 100 block of W June for a report of a fight in progress.  

Carlos Valenzuela Jr, was contacted as a participant in the fight. During the contact Mr. Valenzuela became aggressive and combative with the officers.  He physically attacked Officer Tim Miears and Sgt. Tim Beinert.  After a brief struggle Mr. Valenzuela was taken into custody without further incident. After being taken into custody Mr. Valenzuela was found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.

Valenzuela, a 19 year old male residing at 1345 SE 8th Pl. #B, Hermiston, was transported to and lodged at Umatilla County Jail on the following charges: Assaulting a Public Safety Officer X2, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substances, Disorderly Conduct II, Criminal Mischief II, and Harassment. 

The officers sustained minor injuries to include facial swelling and abrasions on the knee.  Both officers opted not to have medical attention.

“Police officers responding to fight calls in most cases usually end without the officers having to be involved in fighting with the suspects.  There are occasions where this does occur and it usually involves the use of alcohol or illegal narcotics. This puts the officers and suspect at risk for injury," reports Acting Lt. Darryl Johnson

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