A 19-year-old Temple man is now facing a litany of charges after a police officer was kicked in the face and spit on after responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Andrew Paul Hernandez was initially charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member, resisting arrest and possession of a dangerous drug and was being screened for felony charges in connection with the other actions Thursday morning.
It started when officers were called to the 300 block of South 23rd street early in the morning on what was first reported to be a domestic disturbance.
When officers first met with the victim who lived there with her boyfriend, the suspect was not there, having fled before officers arrived.
While the officer was talking to the victim, Hernandez returned and was being arrested on the assault charge.
Police spokesperson Shawana Neely said that as the officer was putting Hernandez into the back seat of his patrol car, Hernandez kicked him in the face, then spit in his face.
Neely said the officer was finally able to get him into the back seat when the suspect raised himself up and grabbed the wires on the rear video camera and ripped them out of the camera.
He then began kicking the rear passenger door with both feet, causing the door to bend outwards.
Other officers arrived to assist with Hernandez accused of spitting into the face of one of them, threatening to kill him and his family.
He was finally subdued and transported to the Bell County Jail where he was found to be in possession of what was officially listed as ” a dangerous drug” .
Additional charges were pending Thursday morning.