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Man arrested for hitting officer as they tried to get him to leave area restaurant

Joseph Lance Defreeze Joseph Lance Defreeze
WACO, TX (KXXV) - Police arrested a 30-year-old man accused of hitting officers as they tried to get him to leave a Waco restaurant.

Joseph Lance Defreeze has been charged with assault on a public servant for an incident at an IHOP early Monday morning. He is being held in the McLennan County Jail.

According to Sgt. Patrick Swanton with Waco PD, officers were called out to the IHOP, located in the 1000 block of S. 4th St. in Waco, about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. Police were called by management about a disturbance, in which a man was refusing to leave the restaurant.

Officers arrived on the scene, and found Defreeze inside. Defreeze was asked to step outside, and officers say he became belligerent. Defreeze went outside, and officers told him to keep his hands out of his pockets for safety reasons. Swanton said officers had to display, but not use, a Taser to make him put his hands on his head.

Officers tried to cuff Defreeze, but he is accused of hitting an officer in the head and face. Officers called for assistance as a struggle ensued. Baylor PD and others responded, but officers were able to secure him. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment of his head injuries.
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