Drunken man tries to punch Memphis officer on Beale Street, police say

Joseph Pszczola. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)
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Joseph Pszczola. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)

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According to the arrest affidavit FOX13 obtained, Joseph Pszczola was yelling in a popular restaurant just before 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Employees of the business flagged down officers for help. When police arrived, they asked Pszczola to leave. Yet, he continued to scream, employees said. One of the officers said the suspect was slurring his speech and also smelled of alcohol.

The confrontation spilled out into the street and escalated when Pszczola pushed an officer and tried to punch him, court records said.

The officer then struck the suspect in the face, and Pszczola fell to the ground, according to court records.

The suspect and the officer were transported to area hospitals and are expected to be OK.

Pszczola was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.