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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