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Polson man denies assaulting officer

by Jeff Smith/For the Leader
| March 28, 2024 12:00 AM

A Polson man is accused of elbowing a law enforcement officer in the forehead during the man’s arrest. Thatcher Thomas Mullan, 21, entered a plea of not-guilty in Polson District Court March 20 to felony assault on a peace officer.

According to court records, on March 6, law enforcement responded to a report of a physical altercation at the Cherry Hill Apartments on Hillcrest Drive. At the scene, the officers spotted Mullan, who had previously been ordered not to trespass at the complex. The officers attempted to arrest him for trespassing, but he ran away.

Officers chased and caught him. While they were attempting to place Mullan under arrest, he allegedly elbowed one of the officers in the forehead.

Judge Molly Owen set the case for trial Sept. 16. A request for a release on his own recognizance was denied, however, bond was reduced from $50,000 to $5,000. Mullan posted bond that day and was released pending further proceedings.