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Man charged with assaulting Elizabethton police sergeant

June 20th, 2013 5:26 pm by John Thompson

Man charged with assaulting Elizabethton police sergeant

Craig M. Estep

ELIZABETHTON — An Elizabethton Police officer responding to a domestic violence incident recently was assaulted.

Sgt. Michael Sproviero said he was dispatched to 1001 Dejarnette St. When he arrived, he found Sylvia Estep standing in the road, crying. She told Sproviero she had been arguing with her husband, Craig M. Estep, and he had assaulted her.

She said he took her phone from her during the argument. When she tried to get it back, she said he pushed her down on the bed and smacked her on the left side of the face.

Sproviero said Craig Estep told him he was not going to go to jail when Sproviero told him he was under arrest. When Estep refused to put his hands behind his back, Sproviero grabbed his left arm in an attempt to handcuff him, but Estep jerked his arm away. 

Sproviero grabbed Craig Estep in an attempt to take him to the ground. He said the man struck him on the side of the face, knocking off Sproviero's glasses. Capt. Art Smithdeal became involved in the struggle and grabbed Estep.

Sproviero said Estep tried to run but he grabbed him. As they both fell to the ground, he said, Estep hit him again on the side of the head. Smithdeal then used a Taser on Estep as he started to run. Estep was then brought under control.

Craig Estep was charged with domestic assault, simple assault and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on July 16.

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