Paintsville Police Department officers arrested a Paintsville man on Nov. 16 after officers responded to a call that the man had assaulted his pregnant girlfriend in a Jefferson Avenue apartment, according to court documents.

PPD Officer J. Shepherd responded to the call and noted a female subject had a cut on her nose, presumably from being struck with a cellphone. Shepherd made contact with Rodney A. Barker, 47, of Paintsville, and advised Barker he was under arrest. According to the citation, Barker refused to give Shepherd his hands and pulled away, preventing Shepherd from cuffing him and prompting Shepherd to deploy his Taser.

Shepherd said in the citation he then successfully cuffed Barker, but he continued to resist as Shepherd escorted him from the third floor to the base level, and was “cussing and screaming.” According to the citation, Barker admitted to drinking and was in the doorway of the apartment with the door open and in public view when contact was made.

Barker was charged with fourth-degree assault, first- or second-offense public alcohol intoxication, resisting arrest and second-degree disorderly conduct and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remained as of presstime Tuesday. Barker is scheduled for a court appearance in this case as well as two pre-existing cases on Jan. 4.

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