Officer Is Under Investigation

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

An eastern Kentucky police officer is under investigation after a man the officer arrested claims he was roughed up.

Around 1 am on October 4th, 44 year-old Donnie Colley says he had a few drinks at a local hotel bar.

He says when he stepped outside to talk to his girlfriend he and Prestonsburg Police Officer Danny Martin exchanged words and he was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

What happened next at the Floyd County Detention Center is why the Prestonsburg Police held a private hearing at city hall.

Police did not want to release any details about the on-going investigation, but Colley claims Officer Martin went too far during the booking process.

“I made a statement and asked for what the charges was and they told me and I got a little hateful with the police officer and he grabbed me by the throat and choke slammed me into a glass window,” Colley said.

Colley says he does not plan to press charges against Martin.

He's scheduled to be in court on Wednesday to face several charges relating to the arrest.

Officials with the Prestonsburg Police Department tell us Officer Martin is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

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  • by Fred Location: Floyd on Dec 6, 2008 at 08:27 PM
    Well the guy did attack the cops with a knife, and cuts ones throat...drrrrrr
  • by bobby on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    what about the cops who shot a guy in Martin,,after knocking on his door, after a complaint????
  • by me Location: rite here on Dec 4, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    this sounds like sumthing delmas johnson or gary tackket would do floyd countys finest
  • by k Location: floyd on Dec 3, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    You need to check what was done at the hearing Monday night.. And why did the media not report about the Pikeville officer that pulled a gun on his wifes boyfriend, and then she got an epo on him.. His name might be Tony...
  • by d Location: FLOYD CO on Dec 3, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    You people are a bunch of cry babies. I am sure the drunk had it coming . I think more of the drunks that run there mouth should not go to jail but should just be taken up the hollow and have there @## kicked , then they would think twice before they acted like an idiot again. Power to the POPO....
  • by simple man Location: east ky on Dec 3, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    it will stop when the feds step in!!!there tired of to.
  • by mj on Dec 3, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    i've been to that bar, and as long as i can remember, cops sit outside and wait for someone to arrest, it's like a big game to them. Maybe if they are that bored in p-burg, they should cut the manning.. This has been going on for years there.. it's not going to change.
  • by American Location: U.S.A. on Dec 3, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    Get all the facts, let justice prevail here. Don't believe everything you read in print. There is always 2 sides to every story. Be open minded when you hear gossip/slander. The truth will be told. God bless us all.
  • by Sandy Mae Location: Pikeville on Dec 3, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    You think its bad there, try it Pikeville.Little short democrats with pistols,walking like John Wayne,in Western Bar.Loading up people who have done nothing, but disagree with the Boss Hoggs in Pikeville.Thers no justice at all in Pike County.NONE!!
  • by EZ Location: Wayland on Dec 3, 2008 at 03:08 AM
    You gotta be kidden me people. I can see right thru this. This sort of thing happens all over the state. a poor little old drunk guy claiming to have been beat up by the popo when in in fact he probably fell into the bathroom urinal and don't remember. Sounds like some bad blood between the admin and the officer to me and the perfect chance to publicize, criticize, and fire the officer. Probably for something we will never know about.
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