A Winder man was charged with felony obstruction after attacking a police officer.
The officer was dispatched to a Glen Avenue address after a caller reported seeing a white male attempting to exchange a chain saw for drugs.
The male, later identified as Jason Jeffrey Hassett, 36, of 514 Windy Trail in Bethlehem, was found seated on a curb. The officer immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol.
The officer frisked Hassett for weapons and found a locking blade knife in his front pocket. Hassett did not have any identification with him, but provided the officer with his name and date of birth. Two other officers arrived at the scene to assist.
When the primary officer asked Hassett what he was doing in the area, Hassett claimed he was handing out flyers for his church. Hassett had no flyers with him and could not name the church for which he was supposedly proselytizing.
While being questioned, Hassett became increasingly agitated and accused the officers of “hitting on him” because they believed he was attempting to purchase drugs. When one of the officers pointed out that they had not even mentioned drugs, Hassett replied “You ain’t got to [expletive deleted] say it!”
Hassett then looked at one of the officers and called him a pejorative term for African-Americans. Another officer informed Hassett it was not appropriate to use such a term. Hassett replied that the term was in the Bible.
Hassett was then placed under arrest for public intoxication. As he was being escorted to the patrol car, Hassett began struggling and screaming profanities. As the officers attempted to place Hassett inside the vehicle, Hassett began banging his head on the door and door frame causing a large dent in the frame.
After the officers finally managed to get Hassett in the vehicle, Hassett pulled his arms over his feet in order to get his hands in front of his body. The officers were forced to remove Hassett from the vehicle to once again handcuff him with his hands behind his back.
While Hassett was out of the vehicle, he lunged forward and head butted one of the officers in the face. Hassett then spit in the officer’s face and yelled, “If I weren’t in these handcuffs, I’d beat you to death with my bare hands!”
Hassett directed several other threats towards the officer before being transported to the jail.
The officer was treated at Barrow Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. Hassett was charged with obstruction, public intoxication, interference with government property and terroristic threats and acts.
Other recent arrests made by Winder Police include:
•Brittany Michelle Page, 20, 208 Creekwood Road, Winder, consumption of alcohol by a minor.
•David Brantley Greene, 43, 236 North Burson Avenue, Bogart, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
•David Wayne Brock Jr., 19, Betts Street, Winder, underage possession of alcohol.
•George Adam Davis, 46, 175 W. Wright Street, Winder, outstanding warrant.
•George Leon Donald, 30, 1680 Mount Vernon Road, Monroe, failure to appear.
•Hope Leigh Kent, 25, 5817 Highway 81, Loganville, DUI, child endangerment and failure to maintain lane.