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Suspect arrested in Boatnik attack on police officer

Nathaniel Paul Wytcherley, 53, was arrested Friday on felony assault charges accusing him of kicking a Grants Pass police officer in the face.

A Grants Pass police officer is out of the hospital after a Friday night attack in which she was allegedly kicked in the face while on patrol at Boatnik by a man previously convicted for assault on a police officer.

Nathaniel Paul Wytcherley, 53, was arrested on felony assault charges Friday night and the officer was treated for head and face injuries at a nearby hospital following an attack that caused the woman to lose consciousness, according to releases issued Friday and Saturday by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.

The officer had been engaged in a struggle with an intoxicated juvenile at the Memorial Day Weekend festival at Riverside Park when — while she and the juvenile were on the ground — Wytcherley “intentionally kicked the police officer in the face,” according to the release.

The officer immediately lost consciousness, but came to before she was transported by paramedics to Asante Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass. She was released from the hospital overnight, and was recovering at home as of Saturday morning.

Nearby Grants Pass officers fought Wytcherley, and arrested him Friday on felony charges of second-degree assault and assaulting a police officer, a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and for violating his probation on a Douglas County officer assault conviction from earlier this year.

As of Saturday, Wytcherley was no longer an inmate in the Josephine County Jail, records showed.