A Dayton man was charged with assaulting an off-duty Liberty County Sheriff's Office investigator after the officer attempted to help him following a wreck Tuesday night.

From the Liberty County Sheriff's Office...

An attempt by an off-duty Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator to help the driver of an overturned vehicle resulted in an unprovoked attack on the Investigator sending him to a local hospital for his injuries and the suspect fleeing the scene of the wreck.

It was approximately 10:30pm Tuesday night when Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Cummins and his family were in route home driving down FM 2797 in the city of Kenefick when a car passed them at a high rate of speed and then failing to recover from the high speed passing, swerved into a drainage ditch and rolled over.

Cummins immediately stopped his car and ran to help the driver who was crawling out of the car and appeared to be injured.

The driver, later identified as Codey James Black, immediately called out, “…. Don’t call the cops. I’ll be alright…”.

Investigator Cummins told him that he needed to call for medical assistance and the police because of his injuries and the wreck.

Black again said, “… No ! Don’t call the cops…”.

At that point Investigator Cummins identified himself as a Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator saying he wanted to help him.

Without another word from the driver, Black began hitting Cummins in the face with his fist while Cummins began to try and defend himself.

During the assault on Investigator Cummins, he suffered numerous deep bruises and scrapes to his face and head.

Seeing the assault on her husband, Mrs. Cummins immediately called “911” and reported the attack.

Before responding Deputies could arrive, Codey Black fled the wreck scene and search dogs were called in to track him but failed to locate Black.

Investigator Cummins was transported to a local hospital and is receiving continuing treatment for his injuries.

Sheriff’s Lead Investigator Travis Pierce while conducting the follow up investigation identified the driver and secured a warrant out of Pct. 6 Judge Ralph Fuller’s Justice Court for Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.

Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by Constable’s from Pct. 6 arrested Black at about 3:pm this evening at a home on Trinity Street in the Dayton Lake Estates Sub-Division. According to Investigator Pierce, Black offered no resistance.

Thirty-seven year old Corey James Black, who has no permanent address but lives in the Dayton area, was placed in the Liberty County jail on the charge of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.