Man pleads not guilty to allegedly assaulting officer

A Red Deer man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in connection with allegedly punching and kicking a police officer in the face.

A Red Deer man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in connection with allegedly punching and kicking a police officer in the face.

Robert Stuart Fleming, 59, was arrested on Dec. 28 by Red Deer City RCMP investigating complaints of a drunken man refusing to leave a restaurant.

Police say the man was placed under arrest for causing a disturbance. However, the man allegedly resisted arrest and punched and kicked the police officer in the face. The officer was treated and later released from hospital.

Fleming will head to trial on Dec. 20 on charges of assaulting a police officer causing bodily harm, resisting a police officer and causing a disturbance.