Knox man assaults police officer

Two Knox County men have been lodged in the Knox County Detention Center on drug and assault charges.

On June 7 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Knox County Deputy Claude Hudson responded to a report of two men passed out in a black Nissan at Davis Cemetery on Highway 3441 (Davis Bend Road) in Barbourville.

When Deputy Hudson arrived, he found the black Nissan with the engine running and the transmission in drive. The vehicle had rolled down an incline and stopped on a small dirt pile. Inside the vehicle were driver Walter Hamilton, 38, of Trosper, and passenger Frank K. Meeks, 45, of Barbourville, both passed out.

Deputy Hudson also observed a used syringe, a zip lock plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and one-half of an unknown pill inside the vehicle.

Frank Meeks
Walter Hamilton

Hamilton was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first-degree possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Meeks was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While helping Meeks out of the patrol car at the Knox County Detention Center, Meeks kicked Deputy Hudson in the upper leg. He was then charged with resisting arrest and third-degree assault (Police Officer).