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Uniontown man accused of kicking police officer

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Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:15 p.m.

A Fayette County man is accused of kicking a Uniontown police officer.

Keith D. Campbell, 38, of Evans Street, Uniontown, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple assault, driving under the influence, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

City police said Campbell left the scene when his van hit a parked car on Evans Street about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses told police they watched Campbell drive his van to his house and park it.

A police officer found Campbell “walking and stumbling” on Thomas Street, according to the report. Campbell allegedly had difficulty maintaining his balance and smelled of alcohol.

When Campbell was placed in the back seat of a patrol car, he kicked at a window and repeatedly slammed his head off a Plexiglass shield, police said. When three officers tried to subdue Campbell to shackle him, he kicked one of them in the face, police said.

The injured officer had a bloody lip but declined medical treatment, police said. Campbell was treated by paramedics for a head laceration. He was taken to Uniontown Hospital and refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, police said.

Campbell was arraigned before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros and placed in Fayette County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on May 28 before Metros.

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