Man charged with assaulting police officer

The Odessa Police Department charged a man Wednesday after he reportedly punched an OPD officer in the head, according to an OPD news release.

Police responded to the incident around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 2011 N. County Road West, in reference to an intoxicated man, the release detailed.

Upon arrival, officers saw 47-year-old Jesus Medina, who attempted to flee police on a bicycle, and pulled away from officers as they attempted to detain him, the release stated.

A scuffle then ensued between Medina and the arresting officer, Cpl. Jared Wescoat, as Medina punched Wescoat in the left side of his head and continued to resist and disobey police orders, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Redness could be observed on Wescoat’s head, as well as scrapes on both knees and a small cut on his right middle finger, the report detailed.

A strong odor of an alcoholic beverage could was also noticed on Medina’s breath, the affidavit said, and Medina told officers he had drank whiskey earlier that morning.

Medina was charged with assaulting a public servant, a third-degree felony, resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, and public intoxication, a class C misdemeanor, the report said.

Jail records show Medina was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Wednesday and has two bonds totaling $8,500.