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Bar patron charged with punching police officer

An Amherst police officer suffered an injury to his jaw after a bar patron punched him in the face early Jan. 12, police said.

Detective David Foster said police were called to the Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, for an intoxicated man fighting with an employee.

Police arrived to place Richard A. Cummings III, 30, of Chicopee into protective custody, but when officers tried to put him in handcuffs, he resisted, kneeing an employee in the groin and punching the officer in the face. Officers used pepper spray to subdue Cummings.

Cummings was arrested on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Foster said. The employee was not hurt and told police he won’t press charges.

The officer went to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to be treated, Foster said. Cummings was also taken to the hospital for lacerations he suffered to his face and head after he remained combative with officers at the police station.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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