Poulsbo man arrested for fracturing officer's face

POULSBO — A Poulsbo man is charged with second-degree assault after resisting arrest and punching a Poulsbo officer in the face, fracturing his cheekbone.

Myles L. James, 39, was arrested the morning of Jan. 12. A Poulsbo officer was dispatched to Front Street for a report of a traffic hazard — a man walking down the center of the street.

The officer found James near the driveway to Liberty View apartments. According to the report, the officer asked James why he was walking down the street, when James allegedly began yelling about the FBI and "lunged at [the] patrol vehicle." The officer hit the gas pedal to keep ahead of James, who grabbed the rear door and started to open it. The officer hit the gas and then braked, and James let go of the car. The officer drove away, calling for additional units.

According to the report, the officer described James as between 5 foot 8 inches and 6 feet tall, between 250-275 pounds, larger than the officer.

The second officer arrived and pulled in front of James at Torval Canyon Road, while the first officer pulled in behind. According to the report, the first officer was walking toward the second officer's vehicle with his taser ready to draw, when he saw a fist connect with the side of the second officer's face, knocking him to the ground.

The first officer pulled his taser, and James allegedly "struck a typical boxer pose with his feet apart and fists up in the air."

The second officer got to his feet and both officers pointed their tasers at James, instructing him to get on the ground. According to the report, James did not comply and one time yelled "go ahead" to the officers. Both officers tased James, who went to his knees yelling, but attempted to get back up again. The first officer tased him two more times before James was down on the ground so officers could handcuff him.

Additional units arrived, the second officer was relieved to be checked by medics, and the first officer transported James to Kitsap County Jail. During the car ride, James was allegedly yelling that he would kill the officer, that he was a Hells Angel, he would call in people from the FBI, and "talking to people who weren't in the car and giving them instructions on who to kill and how."

James had to be further restrained once he arrived at the jail, where he was booked for third-degree assault and resisting arrest, on $25,000 bail.

Later that day, the first officer found out the second officer sustained two fractures to his cheekbone. The first officer called the jail to change the charge to second-degree assault, with $75,000 bail. James' bail has since been lowered to $50,000.


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