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GLOUCESTER TWP. – A rowdy bar patron struck and spat at police officers here on the eve of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, authorities said.

Gloucester Township police said they responded to Skeeter’s Pub around 8:20 p.m. Monday after a customer was thrown out of the Coles Road bar for hitting a bartender and a bouncer.

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They found 25-year-old Joshua W. Free stumbling in the middle of the roadway. Police said they tried to talk with the Stratford man and protect him from passing cars, but he ignored their commands and ran away.

 

After police caught up with Free, he kicked the officers, police said. Once in custody, he continued resisting and spit on two officers, according to police.

Tuesday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

“In 2017, a total of 17 Gloucester Township police officers were assaulted during the performance of their duties and protecting others,” Police Chief Harry Earle said in a news release. “This assault last evening is another example of the dangers officers everywhere face on a daily basis.”

Police charged Free with aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, throwing bodily fluids and resisting arrest.

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