Sheriff Al Cannon was arrested and booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center on Tuesday and charged with third-degree assault and battery on a a suspect he had arrested.
During the incident, Cannon and his deputies had been involved in a car chase with speeds reaching 120mph at one point when they finally caught the man who had refused to pull over for a traffic stop when the tires were shot out by deputies. After handcuffing and arresting the driver, 31-year-old Timothy McManus, Cannon slapped McManus in the face.
Cannon's office requested he be arrested after an investigation and Cannon has said he will not contest the charges in which he could face up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Cannon has also said he does not intend to step down, and acknowledged he may also have to take anger management classes.
Cannon has apologized and said "inappropriate and was especially inappropriate for the head of a law enforcement agency to act in such a manner."
McManus has since been arrested again, for the same offense, driving on a suspended license.