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Hickory Man Charged after Assaulting a Trooper

Date of News Release: 06/18/2015

(Hickory, KY) - A Hickory man was arrested for multiple charges after assaulting a Trooper. Kentucky State Police received a call shortly before 3 PM on Wednesday, June 17th, stating that a man was spotted standing on the corner of McCracken County Road and KY 408 in Graves County. The caller stated that the man was drinking whiskey from a bottle. Trooper Cory Hamby responded to the area to check on the complaint. Prior to his arrival, a second call was placed stating that the man had been picked up in a truck headed toward Highway 45. While in the area, Trooper Hamby observed a white Dodge truck crossing the center line on KY 1241 near the intersection of KY 408. Trooper Hamby conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and observed the passenger exit the truck and throw a whiskey bottle under the cab of the truck. The passenger, identified as James Whittemore, appeared to be intoxicated and was detained and handcuffed by Trooper Hamby. While being escorted to the patrol vehicle, Whittemore head butted and kicked the Trooper. Trooper Hamby responded to the assault with an empty hand strike to Whittemore who immediately became compliant. After being placed in the rear of the police cruiser, Whittemore kicked the in-car camera lens rendering it inoperable. Whittemore was attended to by EMS on the scene and transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center for treatment. Whittemore was later discharged and lodged in the Graves County Jail. James Whittemore, 57, was charged with 3 counts of Assault on a Police Officer, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.