A Houston man has been charged with five counts of assault after police say he attacked several people with a wooden post and struck an officer with his car.
Derek Hall, 40, was in jail Monday on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated assault of a public servant and another count of possession of a controlled substance.
Hall is accused of confronting a group on Saturday night as they took a video in a parking lot at Jefferson Street and Emancipation Avenue. He wielded a table leg with a large nail in it, which he used to hit someone in the head and bash the windows on one of their cars, police said.
A nearby group of Houston police officers, on standby to work a downtown protest, witnessed the incident and ran over to help.
Hall got in his vehicle and hit one of the officers, throwing her at least six feet, police say. She was hospitalized as a precaution.
Hall is being held in the county lockup in lieu of posting combined $200,000 in bail.