Police officer assaulted

He had already been asked to leave a downtown Vernon bar once because police felt he was intoxicated.

He had already been asked to leave a downtown Vernon bar once because police felt he was intoxicated.

But things got a little testy at around 1 a.m. Sunday when officers noticed the man a short time later sitting at a table in the same bar, drinking, and tried to arrest him for being in a licensed premises after being ejected.

“The suspect shoved an officer into a wall,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The officer fell down and the suspect took off.”

The male suspect, 23, from Lake Country, was apprehended by RCMP a short time later and taken into custody.

Once he sobered up, he was released on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Dec. 27 on a charge of assaulting a police officer.

The officer suffered minor injuries to the right elbow, wrist and knee.