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Kentucky Trooper Suspended

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky State Trooper has been
suspended after being accused of driving a West Virginia National
Guardsman to a secluded area and beating him.

Trooper Jared Alfrey is suspended with pay during an internal
investigation into allegations by Williamson, W.Va., resident
Randall McCoy, state police spokesman Lt. Phil Crumpton said.

McCoy claims Alfrey drove him to an abandoned mine on July 3 and
beat him after arresting him and his girlfriend, Benita Damron of
Belfry, after a domestic incident.

Alfrey drove the couple to an abandoned mine on Turkey Creek and
he slapped McCoy twice, Damron said, then later drove them to the
Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital and a restaurant in South
Williamson, W.Va.

"The officer was telling him to be quiet. He got upset and
said, 'Can't you listen?' He took us back up to the abandoned
mine," Damron said

At the Turkey Creek mine, Damron said Alfrey took McCoy's
handcuffs off before he pepper sprayed him, pointed a gun at him
and kicked him in the face and stomach.

McCoy, an eight-year member of the West Virginia National Guard,
sent a letter to Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Friday, alleging that
Alfrey hit him during the confrontation.

"When my cuffs were off he ordered me to put my hands on top of
my head again. I did not," he wrote. "Mr. Alfrey then reared back
and struck at me with his fist. I caught it. He then swung with the
other. So I side stepped him and enveloped him in a somewhat of a
reverse bear hug knowing he had a gun and it would be harder for
him to fire on me if I was behind him."

Alfrey, in the citations he wrote, said McCoy asked to move his
handcuffs to the front because of a back injury. While the
handcuffs were off, McCoy grabbed the trooper before being cuffed
again, Alfrey wrote.

McCoy, who was also cited in January for possession of
controlled substance and controlled substance not in original
container, said he did not know Alfrey before the arrest.

Attorney Kent Varney said McCoy had some injuries after the
arrest. He would not discuss the allegations.

McCoy pleaded not guilty to the charges Damron is free pending
her arraignment on July 18.
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Information from: Appalachian News-Express,
http://www.news-expressky.com

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