Sullivan County officer fired after drunk in public charge, scuffle with policeman

Michael Payne was terminated from his job as a Sullivan County corrections officers following an altercation with a Bristol, Virginia policeman early Friday, according to a statement from Sheriff Wayne Anderson. (Bristol Virginia Jail)

A corrections officer with the Sullivan County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office is out of a job after being found drunk in public then punching a Bristol, Virginia policeman.

A report issued by Sheriff Wayne Anderson said Michael Payne, 23, was terminated after his arrest Friday morning. He is charged with public intoxication and assault on an officer.

Payne was a passenger in a car driven by another person who was jailed for DUI, according to a BVPD police reported obtained by Sullivan County.

"Officers attempted to wake Payne multiple times, but he refused. When he did wake up, he began to fight and hit an officer in the chest and arm with his fist," according to the statement from Anderson's office.

Payne was booked in the Bristol Virginia Jail and then released after posting a $2,500 bond.

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