A man is facing several charges after Williamsburg Police say he assaulted an officer and damaged multiple police vehicles Sunday afternoon.
Williamsburg Police were dispatched to the scene of a domestic assault around 1:10 p.m. Sunday in the Motel 6, at 3030 Richmond Rd., police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said.
An officer spoke to a woman who said Joshua Phillip Harmon, 22, had taken her phone to prevent her from calling the police during an argument.
Harmon was identified by the officer as he was walking toward a vehicle in the hotel parking lot.
A second officer attempted to detain Harmon but he pulled away and fled a short distance before surrendering, Riley said. Upon arrest, Harmon was allegedly found with a small amount of marijuana.
During transport to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, Harmon began to slam violently into the shield in the back of the police car. The transporting officer became concerned that Harmon might injure himself and pulled over in an area near Richmond Road and Bypass Road.
The officer attempted to calm Harmon and noticed that he had damaged the shield in the vehicle. More police assistance was summoned to safely transport Harmon.
While Harmon was being moved into an alternate vehicle by additional officers, he continued to struggle, kicking one officer’s upper body and damaging the second police vehicle’s rear window, Riley said.
The officer was not seriously injured during the incident.
Officers restrained Harmon and transferred him to a third vehicle. He was then transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on Merrimac Trail and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, unlawful use of a telephone and destruction of property.