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Man Arrested For An Assault Of A Prescott Valley Police Officer Early Tuesday

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A Prescott Valley Police officer is recovering after he was attacked by a man early Tuesday morning. Officers responded to the intersection of North Navajo Drive and East Superstition Drive at around 4:45 a.m. on a report of a shirtless man dancing in the intersection. Officers tried to stop Adam Lee James Ellis, who had been running in the traffic lanes of East State Route 69 as he was chasing after a vehicle. Officers found the man running southbound on North Navajo Drive then continued northbound in the lanes of traffic. As the officer drove near the man, he said “I have to make it to the end of the road for my family.” The officer believed Ellis was in an altered state of mind. The officer told Ellis to relax and he was “here to help.” Ellis then ran to the officer and hit him in the right ear with a closed fist. Other officers arrived and ordered Ellis to the ground. He complied and was taken into custody. While he was being handcuffed, a two-inch fixed blade that was wrapped in fabric was in Ellis’ hand. The officer sustained small cuts to his right ear and was treated by Central Arizona Fire and Medical personnel on the scene. Ellis was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, a class four felony and obstruction of a highway which is a misdemeanor.