Junction City officer, suspect treated at hospital after tussle

May 04, 2004

JUNCTION CITY - A Junction City police officer was slightly injured in a tussle with a man he and two other law enforcement officers were trying to subdue early Monday morning, Boyle County Deputy Sheriff Jim Wilcher said.

Officer Randall Miller was poked in the eye while he, fellow Junction Officer Doug Combs and Wilcher tried to get Carnelius Farley under control during an investigation of a domestic disturbance case at Farley's residence at 4388 Hustonville Road. The officers were dispatched to Farley's house about 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

Miller and Farley were taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released. Miller was treated for a slight eye injury, and Farley was treated for ingestion of several medications.

Farley, 39, was taken from the hospital to the Boyle County Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Farley remained in jail this morning under a $100,122 bond.

Wilcher said he was called to the Farley house to back up Miller and Combs, who originally had been dispatched to the alleged domestic disturbance complaint. When they arrived, Farley had asked his wife and two children to leave the residence, and he appeared to be "very upset," said Wilcher. Farley then allegedly left the house, went into the yard, put something in his mouth and drank something, saying he had taken all the medications he could find in his house, the deputy sheriff said.

As the officers approached him, telling him that they had called for an ambulance, Farley allegedly said there would be no need for an ambulance, went back into the house and locked the door, Wilcher said.

The officers broke through the storm door, and Farley then opened the front door, Wilcher said. While officers told Farley they had called an ambulance because he had apparently done harm to himself, Farley went through the kitchen and out the back door.

The officers caught up with Farley in the driveway where all three tried to bring him under control, said Wilcher. During the altercation, which included punching, kicking and shoving by Farley, Miller was hurt in the eye. After Farley was handcuffed and charged, he and Miller were taken by separate ambulances to McDowell.

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