Des Moines man arrested after alleged officer assault

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a Des Moines man after he allegedly punched and kicked an officer.

Paul Jacob Deshetler, 18, was charged Sept. 25 with assault causing injury on peace officers, possession of a controlled substance, and obstructing officers.

According to complaints, Deshetler punched and kicked a fully uniformed police officer who was attempting to detain his friend for fighting. The complaint said Deshetler was repeatedly told to get back, but he approached the officer several times, punching him and kicking him in the head and body and leaving him with pain in his upper thigh.

Deshetler then allegedly ran out of his shirt when the officer tried to detain him while holding his friend on the ground.

The complaint said officers located Deshetler one block away, and he admitted, under Miranda, he was trying to get the officer off of his friend.

Deshetler allegedly had a smoking pipe with marijuana residue on him at the time of his arrest.

— by Hayley Bruce

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