By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Gerrardstown man allegedly assaulted a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy Wednesday night, then Thursday morning escaped briefly from a state mental hospital, police said.
Cpl. Paul R. Copenhaver suffered a cut mouth that required stitches and bruises in the attack, which was reported from City Hospital near Martinsburg at 10:06 p.m., according to Capt. Curtis Keller. The incident happened while Copenhaver and a mental health official were trying to have Jeffrey Anderson, 36, committed to City Hospital.
Anderson had been arrested Tuesday evening for assaulting his brother and was taken to the Eastern Regional Jail. After a mental health hearing on Wednesday, Copenhaver and the mental health official took Anderson to the hospital to be committed.