A 20-year-old Hannibal man faces multiple charges following a confrontation with police in Hannibal.
On Sunday afternoon, an officer was dispatched near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Stardust Drive on the report of a report of a white male walking in and out of traffic. When the officer arrived on scene he witnessed the subject, 20-year-old Austin A. Hatton of Hannibal, stagger into oncoming traffic. Believing he was a danger to himself, the officer attempted to get Hatton away from the roadway. According to police, Hatton became combative and attempted to pull away from the officer and walk into traffic. During the altercation, both Hatton and the officer fell to the ground. The officer gained control of Hatton and he was placed under arrest and searched. During the search the officer located two cans of electronic aerosol dusting spray, commonly used for inducing a high by “huffing” the aerosol.
Hatton was charged with resisting/interfering arrest and possession of a mind-altering substance and placed on a 24 hour hold at the Marion County Jail.
Both Hatton and the officer received minor injuries during the altercation. The officer was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital and released. Hatton refused treatment.