Officer Assaulted With Tree Branch

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Feb 7, 2010  |  Updated 9:07 PM PDT
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Officer Assaulted With Tree Branch

A suspect is in the hospital and a Santa Rosa officer is nursing some scratches to his face following a wild scene in the North Bay that included tasers, police batons and a makeshift weapon in the form of a tree branch.

Someone called 911 to report a suspicious man at Dolye Park just before noon Sunday.

Police found their man and decided to detain him, but he didn't go down easily.  While they were attempting to put him in handcuffs, they say the suspect became combative.  A taser stun did not stop the man. Officers also used a baton to try to subdue the suspect.  That didn't work either. 

He apparently put up quite a fight and in fact at one point, officers say the suspect somehow got a hold of a tree branch and whacked one of the arresting officers in the face.

Back up finally arrived and the group of officers was able to arrest the man who has been identified as Greg Berg of Santa Rosa.

The cop who was hit in the face did not need medical attention.  Berg did though.  He was treated at a local hospital before being booked in the Sonoma County Jail.

It wasn't clear what started the ruckus, but it ended with charges of assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer, resisting arrest and giving false information to a peace officer.
 

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