West Frankfort Officer Injured After Routine Stop

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By Evie Allen
By Randy Livingston

WEST FRANKFORT -- An early morning altercation left a West Frankfort police officer injured. The incident happened after a routine traffic stop.

Police arrested Craig Parrish, 31, of Marion, and Joshua Briscoe, 21, of Benton.

On Tuesday, officials say a caller reported two men fighting in a car at a West Frankfort gas station. Police later located the vehicle with two men inside.

The computer check revealed Craig Parrish was driving on a suspended license from Missouri. He was taken into custody.

Police say Briscoe became angry and threw a knife, still in its wrapper, at an officer. Briscoe resisted arrest and they both fell, injuring the officer's hand.

"This individual, that would have been free to leave the scene, had it not changed due to his erratic behavior, ended up becoming a suspect. And now charged with three counts."

 West Frankfort Police Chief Shawn Talluto says Briscoe was upset that his car was being towed.

The two men are being held in the Franklin County jail.

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