COPPERAS COVE — Police arrested a man suspected of kicking open a squad car door that hit an officer and driving with an open alcoholic container.

Justice of the Peace Bill Price arraigned Julius Ervin Johnson on Sunday on a felony charge of assault against a public servant and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated with an open container. Price set his bail at $13,000.

At 12:08 a.m., a police officer stopped the vehicle Johnson was driving for a nonfunctional tail light.

At the vehicle’s window, the officer allegedly could smell alcohol on Johnson and saw a bottle of Crown Royal sitting in his console, stated the arrest affidavit. The officer also noticed a blue plastic cup containing a mixture of Crown Royal and another drink in the console and a third drink on the floorboard.

Johnson reportedly told the officer he had three to four beers at a party in Harker Heights, and he was two streets from his Copperas Cove residence.

The officer made Johnson conduct a field sobriety test, which he allegedly failed, the affidavit stated. Placing Johnson in custody, Johnson reportedly began kicking the door of the squad car. The officer told him to stop and, as she went to open the door, he kicked the door again causing it to bruise her wrist.

In unrelated incidents, Price and Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned the following people:

Guinn arraigned Irma Patricia Lopez on charges of theft more than 20,000 but less than $100,000 and possession of a controlled substance more than 1 gram but less than 4 grams. He set her bond at $13,500.

Price arraigned Henry George Anderson III on a charge of assault of a family member by impeding breathing or circulation. Price set his bond at $5,000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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