Former County Commissioner Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Police Officer After METALLICA Concert

March 7, 2019

According to, a former commissioner and city councilman in Sedgwick County, Kansas has been arrested for assault on a law enforcement officer after attending METALLICA's concert in Wichita Monday night.

James Skelton told that he got separated from his family after the show and became disgruntled because he had no jacket, no money and was without a working phone.

Someone at a local convenience store contacted two on-duty Wichita police officers working at a nearby traffic crash to complain about "an apparent intoxicated person" — later identified as Skelton — who was inside the store "yelling at the clerk, swearing and demanding a ride home."

"It was very confusing, 'cause I couldn't believe they wouldn't even call me a ride or an Uber," Skelton told "I explained my situation. I had no coat on; I was already freezing."

After one of the officers went into the store to talk to Skelton, "Skelton was belligerent with the officer as well," Officer Charley Davidson said. "The officer offered multiple times to provide assistance in calling a cab for Skelton, who was wanting a ride home. Skelton refused and demanded a ride from the officer. Skelton became visibly angry during the interaction, approached the officer and the officer had to push Skelton away from him."

Skelton told that he was "wrongly arrested."

Skelton served on the Wichita City Council from 2005 to 2010 and on the county commission from 2011 to 2015.

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