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Police: Deputy doused with urine

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Felony assault charge filed against 77-year-old Cecilia resident

By Sarah Bennett

Clarence C. Skees, 77, was arrested early Monday on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Deputies also served him two bench warrants for failing to appear for hearings in Hardin District Court.

According to a citation, two sheriff’s deputies stopped around 1:20 a.m. Monday at Skees’ Cecil Avenue residence to serve the bench warrants. Police said Skees refused to open the door.

The deputies opened a window through which they could see a man who appeared to be sleeping on a bed, according to the citation.

A deputy announced himself and again asked the resident to come to the door, police said. When there was no response, the deputy entered the residence through the window.

As the deputy approached the bedroom where the man was sleeping, Skees allegedly jumped in front of the officer and threw a liquid in his face, according to the citation.

According to police, Skees told deputies the liquid consisted of “his urine and vinegar.”

Skees allegedly continued to fight and scream as deputies detained him and placed him in a cruiser.

Sheriff Charlie Williams, who responded Monday morning shortly after the incident, said it appears on the surface the liquid was urine, but a sample was taken to test and confirm.

Although the deputies were not harmed, he said both men were sent to the hospital for blood tests as a precaution.

Skees remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

This is Skees’ third arrest in less than two months. According to jail records, he was arrested June 14 on a charge of third-degree criminal trespassing and July 27 for second-degree disorderly conduct.

The bench warrants deputies served Monday were connected to those previous charges, which are misdemeanor offenses, Williams said.

First-degree assault is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.