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Man accused of fighting deputies

A man accused of fighting violently with two sheriff’s deputies and trying to take their guns is being held in the Spokane County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Benjamin B. Sullivan, 25, is facing two charges of third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, two charges of attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and obstruction. He was arrested Monday after deputies received a tip that Sullivan was buying drugs.

Court documents state that Sullivan appeared to be under the influence of drugs when Spokane County deputies approached him at the 7-11 on North Argonne Road. He had an open knife on the front passenger seat of his car and became violent when a deputy tried to check him for weapons, documents say.

Reports from the deputies say that Sullivan — 6 feet, 8 inches tall and 230 pounds — ripped their radios off their belts and tried to grab their guns while punching and kicking.

Sullivan’s attorney said he has no criminal history and asked that Sullivan be released on his own recognizance.

The court documents contain “egregious” allegations, said Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt in denying the request. “There is a significant amount of violence depicted in that affidavit,” Sypolt said.