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The Taylorville Police Department once again had their hands full during an arrest Friday. Around 10:50pm, Taylorville Police Department dispatch received a call from Beth Burton that she needed assistance in removing an intoxicated man from her residence. Upon arrival, the officer noticed that there were signs of a struggle and heard several men arguing. The officer was invited into the residence and told that the intoxicated man was in the other room. After a brief investigation, the man, who was identified as 32-year-old Mark J. Pope of Ozark, Arkansas, allegedly continued to put his hands on the officer before grabbing the officer's left hand. Pope was placed into handcuffs and secured in the back of the squad car. After two separate reported occasions of striking the officer, Pope was transported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and aggravated battery to a peace office.

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