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Man who assaulted Huntsville officer found, police say

Photo: Madison County Jail

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Huntsville Police Department posted on Facebook that 27-year-old Walter Dewayne Blankenship was found Saturday night around 10:00 p.m. Officials say Blankenship was on the run Friday night after he assaulted a Huntsville officer around 6:30 p.m.

According to the authorities, he was found in northern Madison County, hiding in a tree. Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville Police Department’s Anti-Crime team and K-9 are all credited with helping to locate Blankenship.

The Huntsville Police Department says Blankenship was involved in a physical altercation with a cop after the officer attempted to arrest him for breaking and entering into a motor vehicle.

The original Facebook post explains how Blankenship was able to free himself and flee the scene in a vehicle. The vehicle was found at a Subway on Drake Avenue and Memorial Parkway.

The officer received minor injuries.