Man charged with assaulting police officer, drug possession
by Rachael Brown
Aug 12, 2013 | 7500 views |  0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Randy Elbert Kirkland
Randy Elbert Kirkland
Ronald Robinson
Ronald Robinson
An Anniston police officer was assaulted with a box cutter during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said today that the officer pulled a car over around 2:45 a.m. at the intersection of Blue Mountain Road and Main Street. Sparks said two men were in the car during the traffic stop. The officer saw the driver, Ronald Robinson, 49, and passenger, Randy Elbert Kirkland, 56, both of Anniston, each attempt to swallow bags of cocaine, Sparks said.

The sergeant said the officer tried to keep both men from swallowing the drugs when Kirkland brandished a box cutter. Sparks said the officer’s hand was cut, but he was able to remove the weapon from the suspect.

Sparks said today he was uncertain of the extent of the officer’s injuries, but said he finished working his shift after the incident.

Kirkland was charged with second-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, as well as resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

Robinson was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Robinson and Kirkland were in the Anniston City Jail today.

Kirkland’s bond is set at $121,000. Robinson’s bond is $6,000. Court appearances for both men are scheduled for Sept. 16.

Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.

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