PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) — An eastern Kentucky man is behind bars after being charged with assault on a deputy.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Noah Wesley was on patrol on the night of July 2 when he observed a vehicle with one headlight out traveling north on US 27. Deputy Wesley began to follow the vehicle and observed the driver of the vehicle run a red light at the intersection of Parker’s Mill Road and US 27.

According to authorities, Deputy Wesley pulled the vehicle over at 10:06 pm, with the vehicle coming to a stop around Mighty Dollar on US HWY 27. The vehicle was driven by Brian Combs, of Letcher County. The passenger was identified as Austin Combs, 25, the son of Brian.

Reports indicate that during the traffic stop Brian Combs fled on foot. Deputy Wesley chased Combs, deploying his taser, but did not make contact. A struggle ensued and Combs got on top of Deputy Wesley.

According to an eyewitness, Combs had Deputy Wesley’s arms pinned, and Combs had his hands on Deputy Wesley’s neck. The witness, whose identity has not been released, stated Deputy Wesley was close to losing consciousness. With the assistance of the witness, Deputy Wesley was able to gain control of Combs.

Deputy Wesley was transported from the scene by Somerset-Pulaski EMS to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital after complaining about head pain. He was treated and released to further recover at home.

Brian Combs was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Second-degree assault
  • First-degree assault
  • Fleeing or evading police, first degree (on foot)
  • Resisting arrest
  • Disregarding a traffic light

Combs is lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.