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Yoakum police chief assaulted in municipal court

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
April 5, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2011 at 11:05 p.m.

Arthur Rogers

Yoakum Police Chief Arthur Rogers received nine stitches above his left eye after being punched during municipal court last week.

Because one of the regular court officers was absent, Rogers was assisting during court proceedings Friday morning when the assault occurred.

Brian Briseno, 18, of Yoakum, had been fined by Municipal Court Judge Daniel Pelech for truancy and was leaving the courtroom when he "either said something or made a gesture toward the judge," Rogers said.

Pelech then cited Briseno for contempt of court, but the teenager refused to stand back before the judge.

"He tried to leave and I stopped him. We scuffled and he popped me," said the police chief, who is also sporting a black eye.

Rogers was taken by patrol car to Yoakum Community Hospital where he received the nine stitches.

Briseno, a high school senior, was charged with assault of a public servant and resisting arrest.

He remained in the DeWitt County Detention Center on Tuesday in lieu of bonds totaling $21,000.

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