Nimitz Sailor arrested for drunken assault of police officer

On the night of Nov. 1, Matthew Murphy attempted to punch Bremerton police officers, jumped out of an ambulance, and was physical restrained by Harrison medical emergency room staff before being taken into custody.

Officer Matthew Thuring of the Bremerton police department responded Tuesday night to a report that there was a man likely unconscious on 4th and Naval. When he arrived on the scene, he found Murphy, clearly intoxicated and unable to stand. Murphy was bleeding with abrasions on his hand.

Thuring called the Bremerton fire department to evaluate injuries and the possibility of an alcohol overdose. Fire department personnel determined that Murphy had hit his head, possibly in the fall, and was highly intoxicated.

An ambulance arrived to take Murphy to Harrison Medical emergency room.

At this point, Murphy became belligerent. According to police reports, he said that he was not going anywhere and refused to allow medics to touch him.

Ambulance workers Joshua Murphy and Sara Baumgardener requested officer back up in transporting Murphy to the hospital. The officers followed behind the vehicle.

Stopped at a red light at Kitsap Way and 11th, Officer Thuring reported that the side door burst open and medic Joshua Murphy jumped out. A clipboard and paper flew out with him in his hurried exit. He claims that he feared assault by Murphy when the sailor broke free of his seat belt straps.

Moments later, the back door of the ambulance burst open and Murphy rolled onto the street and began to run.

The officer chased Murphy down the street, yelling at him to stop. As he closed in on him, Murphy turned and attempted to punch the officer in the head. He missed and swung again.

On the second swing, the officer grabbed Murphy's arm and forced him onto the street. The sailor struggled, disobeying verbal commands to stay down and show his hands.

Handcuffed, Murphy was escorted to Harrison Medical emergency room where he again struggled with the hospital staff. Hospital security restrained Murphy with a four points hold.

Murphy was booked into Kitsap county sheriff's office one minute past midnight. He will be held there until his trial on Nov. 3 at 8 am. Judge Docter will preside, and the Nimitz sailor will face charges of assault 4.

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