Inmate arrested for battering police officer

A Franklin man who was booked into jail twice on the same day in March now faces a felony after police say he attacked an officer while in jail.

On April 11, Brown County sheriff’s deputies and Nashville officers were dispatched to the Law Enforcement Center for an uncooperative inmate.

Jail staff told the officers that David E. Brown, 47, had barricaded himself in the padded cell bathroom and they were unable to open the door.

Officer Michael Williams was able to budge the door open with a crowbar. When officers entered, Brown was standing against the wall with his bed and blanket laid across the doorway as a barrier, the affidavit said.

Officers ordered Brown to exit the bathroom, but he refused. Deputies Austin Schonfeld and Jacob Woods entered to get him, and Brown began throwing punches, the affidavit said.

Deputies were able to restrain him in a chair.

Woods received cuts on his right forearm and abrasions to his face. He sought treatment from an ambulance crew on scene, the report said.

Brown was originally booked into jail March 20 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. After being released, he was booked in later that day for theft after allegedly walking out on a restaurant bill.

On May 5, he was charged with battery against a public safety official, a Level 6 felony.