Two arrested after officer assaulted at Track 29

Two arrested after officer assaulted at Track 29

September 2nd, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Richard Wetherbee is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident at Track 29.

Two men were arrested Thursday night after a Chattanooga police officer was assaulted at the grand opening of a new music venue downtown, according to police.

Richard Wetherbee and Timothy Hicks, both 43, were arrested at Track 29, 1400 Market St.

Police were dispatched after Hicks became belligerent with security at the venue, Chattanooga Police Department Sgt. Jerri Weary said in a statement.

When police arrived, Wetherbee interfered with police getting to Hicks, according to the statement.

Wetherbee, who grabbed officer Daniel Cholota and refused to let him pass, eventually was shot with a stun gun, Weary said.

Hicks punched Officer Sean Emmer in the face, attempted to gouge Emmer's eye and reached for his service weapon, according to police.

A fight ensued between those two, and officers took Hicks into custody.

Both Emmer and Hicks were taken to a hospital for treatment after receiving non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Hicks faces charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, public intoxication and aggravated assault on police. Wetherbee was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police said.