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Man charged with fighting troopers

April 27, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Gerrardstown, W.Va., man was charged Saturday afternoon with fighting West Virginia State Police troopers during his arrest, police said Sunday.

Jeffrey Anderson, 35, of Gerrardstown, was charged with one count each of battery on a police officer, assault of a police officer, and obstructing a police officer, said State Police Sgt. Rob Blair of the Martinsburg barracks.

Anderson was being held on $3,535 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night, an official said.

Berkeley County sheriff's deputies were called to a restaurant in Inwood, W.Va., Saturday afternoon after a man walked out without paying for his meal, Blair said.

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Trooper R.T. Dyroff got a description of the man and drove east on W.Va. 51 and found the man walking along the road, Blair said.

The trooper stopped his cruiser and told the man to stop. The man ignored him and kept on walking, Blair said.

Dyroff put his hand on the man's shoulder and the man started walking faster, Blair said.

When the officer attempted to stop him, the man spun around and swung his right fist at the trooper, Blair said.

The trooper sprayed cap-stun in the man's face to subdue him, Blair said. The man refused to walk back to the cruiser after being handcuffed, Blair said.

He also refused to give his name and was originally listed as "John Doe."

At the barracks, the man was being booked by police officers when he again became violent, Blair said.

The man refused to walk into the barracks and troopers had to carry him inside, Blair said.

When the troopers put the man in a chair, Trooper K.E. Plumer, who was assisting Dyroff, was kicked several times in the leg, Blair said.

The troopers were again forced to subdue him before taking him to the Eastern Regional Jail, Blair said.

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