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Drug paraphernalia, assault charges for man

There are a few situations that can cause a person to act in a way that they otherwise wouldn't. Okay, maybe more than a few, but it's fairly well known that drugs and alcohol can cause a person to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn't when they are sober. An altercation happened between a man and a police officer in Berkeley that ended with several criminal charges, one related to drug charges. The police officer left the scene with a concussion.

According to reports, the officer was called to the scene after someone called in to report that the man was unresponsive. Once the officer arrived, he started a conversation with the man, who is alleged to be a homeless man in the area. The fire department and paramedics were dispatched to check on the man's well-being and overall health. When the officer attempted to keep the man in the vicinity, so his health could be assessed, he became uncooperative.

The officer was punched in the face as the man allegedly became violent, then continuing his attack by tackling the officer. Medics were on-scene and were able to restrain him until backup arrived. He was then arrested on suspicion of felony assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $5,000 at Alameda county jail.

It's unclear what caused the man to become so angry, so quickly. However, his actions could certainly land himself a criminal conviction. However, due process will need to occur first. How much intoxication could have led to the man's alleged outburst is unclear.

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