A Spencer County man is behind bars after authorities say he struck a Sheriff's Deputy in the face.
The Sheriff's Office says they were called about a suspicious man walking near CR 900 West and Old State Road 66 in Hatfield shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday night.
Authorities say when the deputy went to check on the welfare of the man, the man struck the deputy in the face with a closed fist. We're told the Deputy took control of his hand to secure him.
During the booking process, jail staff located contraband during a search of his body. The Sheriff's Office says there were pieces of saw blades the man was attempting to traffic into the facility.
We're told the Deputy has minor injuries.
The man has been identified as 43-year-old William Beckort of Richland, Indiana. He is charged with Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury to a Public Safety Officials, Resisting Law Enforcement, Trafficking with an Inmate, Deadly Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct.