Madison County

Two men accused of assaulting Richmond police officer

Two men are accused of assaulting a Richmond police officer Saturday night.

Ernie Laug, 27, of Richmond was charged with second-degree assault of an officer, first-degree wanton endangerment and several minor offenses, police said.

Brett D. Cain, 20, of Richmond was charged with complicity to second-degree assault and complicity to first-degree wanton endangerment, police said.

During the investigation of a complaint in Williams Mobile Home Park off Big Hill Avenue, Laug started a vehicle and sideswiped the unidentified officer, causing a cut and bruise to the officer's elbow area, a Richmond police release said. Cain was a passenger in the vehicle, the release said.

The vehicle swerved to miss another officer and someone the officer was questioning.

The incident happened as Richmond police investigated a complaint about a suspicious person shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.

Laug and Cain were lodged in the Madison County jail. Laug remained there Monday night in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond, and Cain remained there in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond.

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