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Indictment: Tennessee man scuffled with state police

By Joe Beck

A Warren County grand jury indicted a Tennessee man Monday on charges linking him to a roadside scuffle with state troopers on Interstate 66 in August.

Bradley Laurence Skelton faces charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of cocaine. Judge Dennis L. Hupp set Skelton's bail at $6,000 secured bond on the charge of assault on a law enforcement officer and $1,000 unsecured on the cocaine charge.

A criminal complaint written by trooper Terry L. Hilliker states he saw Skelton standing by a 2005 Toyota car near mile marker two on eastbound I-66 at about 7:42 a.m. on Aug. 1.

"During my initial contact with Skelton, he stated his vehicle ran out of gas and then began crying because 'he wanted to go home,'" Hilliker wrote.

Hilliker said he returned to his car to contact the state police dispatch center and call roadside assistance for Skelton, according to the complaint.

The complaint states Skelton began walking away from the scene and continued heading west for about 150 meters as Hilliker warned him "numerous" times that it was dangerous and illegal for someone to be walking along the interstate.

Skelton was arrested after another trooper arrived at the scene, according to the complaint. Hilliker wrote that he and the other trooper told Skelton to place his hands behind his back, but the defendant "continued to be uncooperative and resisted arrest by pulling away and pushing me to the ground."

Skelton kept struggling with both troopers for several minutes until they managed to handcuff him, the complaint states.

A second criminal complaint filed in the case states that authorities took several items from Skelton's car that were suspected of containing "illegal drug residue."

A subsequent laboratory analysis showed the items -- plastic bags, rolled dollar bills, a scale and metal pipe tool -- tested positive for cocaine residue, the complaint states.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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