James R. Pursiful Jr., a 49-year-old Middlesboro man, was arrested on Wednesday after police investigated a complaint from 34-year-old Jeffrey Daniels of Middlesboro.
Pursiful is a former Middlesboro City Councilman and a former teacher in the Middlesboro Independent School system. He is the son of former Middlesboro Police Chief James Pursiful, who is currently employed as the Middlesboro Safety Director.
Daniels alleged on Sunday, August 9 that he had been assaulted by Pursiful one day prior, on Saturday, August 8. After police investigated the alleged incident, a search warrant and arrest warrant were issued for Pursiful and his residence.
On Wednesday, Pursiful was arrested by KSP officers and was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. Pursiful was charged with one count of assault in the second degree, one count of kidnapping and one count of intimidating a person in a legal process. He was released later on Wednesday on a $50,000 cash bond.
According to KSP Public Affairs Officer Walt Meachum, Pursiful allegedly appeared at Daniels’ residence and attempted to persuade Daniels to drop the charges against him sometime between Sunday and Wednesday, leading to the charge of “intimidating a person in a legal process”. Meachum said that the two men reportedly engaged in a second altercation at that time. Meachum had no comment concerning the kidnapping charge.
This makes the third arrest this year for Pursiful. He was arrested in February 2009 and charged with assault in the fourth degree in a domestic violence situation. He was arrested in April 2009 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
This case is under investigation by KSP Trooper Tyson Lawson.