By Randy Mitchell

City Editor

ADA — A man who police say threw a punch at an off-duty Ada police officer was arrested Wednesday.

Ada Police Capt. Jeff Crosby said he was walking and talking with his girlfriend near the intersection of First and Forrest when an intoxicated man, 19-year-old Russell Ray Sawney of Ada, walked up and said something derogatory to Crosby’s girlfriend.

Crosby said when he told Sawney what he said was rude and unnecessary, Sawney took a swing at him. Crosby said he leaned back to avoid the punch which barely grazed his face.

Crosby tackled Sawney and called for backup. Other officers arrived and arrested Sawney on suspicion of littering, public intoxication, resisting arrest and assault and battery.

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