Langley man charged with assault in arrest

A 54-year-old Langley man pleaded not guilty June 18 to charges that he assaulted a couple of law enforcement officers after being pulled over for drinking and driving.

Prosecutors charged George Middlebrook June 16 with two counts of assault in the third degree, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. He could face up to eight months in jail if convicted of the charges.

State Trooper Corey Kingman wrote in a report submitted to the court that he saw Middlebrook’s pickup traveling on Bayview Road June 12 with its right wheels off the roadway. Kingman stopped the pickup on Highway 525 and smelled alcohol inside the car, he wrote.

Kingman tried to arrest Middlebrook and handcuffed him after he refused voluntary breath tests, the report states, but Middlebrook took a swing at the trooper. An Island County deputy leaped in, grabbed Middlebrook and all three of them tumbled to the ground.

Kingman wrote that he sprayed Middlebrook in the face with pepper spray, but he continued to resist. The deputy punched Middlebrook in the abdomen and leg. Middlebrook forced Kingman off of him, causing the trooper to skin his knees.

Eventually, the officers got Middlebrook into handcuffs and called for medical assistance.

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