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      Amarillo man arrested after assaulting APD officer who offered him a ride

      One Amarillo pedestrian was arrested after assaulting the officer who offered to give the man a ride to prevent him from walking across the interstate.

      One Amarillo pedestrian was arrested after assaulting the officer who offered to give the man a ride to prevent him from walking across the interstate.

      On July 3, at about 5:20 p.m., an Amarillo police officer responded to a report of a man walking eastbound near the center median of the westbound traffic lanes of I-40.

      The responding officer told the man that he could not walk down the interstate and offered to give the man a ride due to the heavy traffic.

      The man refused the offer, and told the officer he intended to walk across the interstate. The officer told the man he would be arrested if he entered into the lanes of traffic in attempt to cross.

      The man began backing away from the officer, entering the traffic lanes walking backward. Three vehicles had to brake to avoid hitting the man. The officer reached the man on the side of the roadway.

      But when the officer tried to take the man into custody, he ran back toward traffic. The officer grabbed him, and the man kicked and punched the officer.

      The officer was able to grasp the man's shirt, and the officer and the suspect both went to the ground as the man's assault and resistance continued.

      The officer called for backup, but before additional officers arrived on the scene, three motorists stopped to assist the officer.

      The citizens pulled the man's arms out from underneath him and controlled his legs, allowing the officer to take the man into custody.

      Kevin Jon Small, 35, of Amarillo was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for assault on a public servant, resisting arrest, failure to identify, and pedestrian in roadway.