Man arrested after striking officer at hospital

From Staff Reports

   A 40-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with assault on an officer and resisting arrest following an altercation at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Victor W. Oliver, 181 Blue Springs Road, was charged in the incident after he allegedly struck Elizabethton Police Department PTL Michael Sproviero in the head.
   According to reports, the 911 Communications Center advised officers to be on the lookout for a black Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on West Elk Avenue at a high rate of speed and driving in a reckless manner. Sproviero saw the described vehicle at the intersection of West Elk Avenue and Bemberg Road and followed it. He located the Blazer parked outside of the Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Room.
   When the officer entered the Emergency Room, Oliver was acting in a "belligerent manner". When Sproviero asked him what was wrong, Oliver reportedly began cursing at the officer and telling him that it was none of his business.
   Oliver then exited the emergency room into the lobby. Sproviero asked him to stop in an attempt to find out what was going on, but he ignored the request. According to reports, Oliver then ignored two additional orders from the officer to stop, and when Sproviero placed a hand on Oliver's shoulder to detain him long enough to find out the nature of the problem, Oliver then allegedly turned and punched the officer on the right side of the head.
   Oliver allegedly kept "throwing punches" at the officer, who then attempted to use pepper spray to protect himself, but the canister malfunctioned and the officer was forced to use his impact tool to subdue Oliver.
   As Sproviero attempted to handcuff Oliver, he reportedly began resisting arrest again. Sproviero placed Oliver in an arm lock in order to restrain him. At that point, he was taken into custody and transported to the Carter County Jail where he was booked on charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.