Man charged with five counts of assaulting officer after attempting to enter vehicle full of people

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PULASKI, Va. (WDBJ7) -- According to the Pulaski Police Department, a call came in about a man attempting to enter the vehicles of people traveling on Washington Avenue near the train station.

Police say the man succeeded in getting into the back of a pickup truck but jumped out soon after. He succeeded in entering a passenger vehicle next.

Police say an officer arrived on scene and attempted to remove the man from the car. According to police, the man attacked the officer.

Police say as more officers arrived to the scene the man continued to assault, batter, and resist the officers until he was finally subdued and placed into physical restraints.

Two police officers suffered minor injuries and are being examined at the Pulaski Lewis-Gale hospital.

Police identified the man as Andrew P. Hatmaker, 30, of Pulaski. He was arrested at the scene and his being charged with five counts of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, tampering with a vehicle, possession of marijuana, and public intoxication.