An eastern Kentucky police officer is in the hospital and a man is in jail accused of attacking him.
It happened Saturday night when a Paintsville police officer says he was trying to arrest a man who had too much to drink.
Paintsville Police Officer Daniel Mowry responded to a call of a car parked behind a local Chevron and that's where he says he found Clifford Marcum drunk inside the car.
Marcum says he was just taking a nap.
Behind this gas station, is where Mowry says he and a deputy found Clifford Marcum asleep in his car.
“When I opened the door you could smell nothing but alcohol and seen empty beer cans laying around,” Mowry said.
Mowry says Marcum could not stand on his own and slurred his speech as officers loaded him into the back of his cruiser.
“Out of nowhere the guy started screaming and kicking my back window,” Mowry said.
Police says Marcum threatened to kill the officers.
Mowry warned the suspect to calm down or he would have to have to spray him, but after the warning, Marcum continued to fight back.
“So I sprayed him and then is when the pain really hit me and I just fell,” Mowry said.
Other officers contained Marcum.. But after being kicked in the shoulder and back, Mowry is in the hospital with broken ribs and back injuries.
Marcum is now behind bars and claims he never knew he attacked a police officer.
“I didn't know what was going on, like I was telling the cop when he got me in jail, I don't remember him ever saying he was a police officer,” Marcum said.
Marcum says it was a military instinct that caused him to fight back.
“I wouldn't assault a police officer purposely, intentionally. Yeah, I wish I could take it back, but I can't,” Marcum said.
Marcum is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, DUI and assault of a police officer.
Mowry says he's looking forward to getting back to work, but the doctor says he'll have to wait several more weeks.
He also says he regrets having to miss the funeral for Paintsville firefighter and paramedic Christa Burchett.