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Deputy breaks hand in fight with suspect

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By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster man remains in jail after getting into a fist fight with a law officer early Saturday morning.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged James Mitchell Rollings, 47, of 1173 Flat Creek Road, with assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, driving under suspension – fourth offense, and operating uninsured vehicle.

Deputy Jimmy Stroud tried to stop the Dodge Caravan that Rollings was driving on South Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Saturday because he knew Rollings’ license was suspended, an incident report said.

While slowing down, Rollings exited the vehicle and ran toward 14th Street, the report said.

Stroud ran after Rollings, telling him he was under arrest. He hit Rollings in the back with a Taser gun, but Rollings got up and ran around a house on 14th Street, the report said.

When Stroud came around the house, Rollings hit him in the left leg with a gas grill, causing him to fall, the report said.

Rollings punched Stroud in the head and other parts of his body, and Stroud returned several punches, striking Rollings’ face and head, the report said.

Rollings flipped Stroud, mounted him and continued his assault, the report said.

Stroud got free and shoved Rollings into a fence, which cut Rollings’ head.

While the two fought, Stroud asked nearby residents to call 911 for help, the report said.

Another officer arrived and took Rollings into custody.

Rollings and Stroud were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital.

Stroud broke his right hand, which had to be put in a cast.

Rollings received 10 staples to his head.

Rollings is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.  

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152