A Pulaski County man is now charged for attacking a deputy.
It was Sunday when the deputy stopped along Highway 133, just south of Meta, to assist a disabled vehicle alongside the road. While the deputy attempted to identify the occupants of the vehicle, Bernard Bailey, 56, of Dixon, became uncooperative and refused to show his hands.
According to police reports, Bailey then struck the deputy with a closed fist and knocked the officer to the ground, where he tried to gain control of the deputy's handgun. At some point, Bailey allegedly also produced a knife.
Several occupants of Bailey's vehicle came to the deputy's defense, taking the knife away from Bailey. After an armed citizen arrived at the scene, Bailey was secured in handcuffs.
The deputy suffered multiple cuts and bruises. Both Bailey and his friend who came to the deputy's defense were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Bailey faces two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action. He's being held on a $250,000 cash only bond.