Police arrest man who allegedly took a swing at Beale Street officer

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Joseph Pszczola

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police said a man took a swing at an officer after he was kicked out of a Beale Street restaurant for being disorderly — and the officer swung back.

Police were called Wednesday night around 10:30 to 138 Beale, the address of Blues City Cafe,  because an irate customer was being disorderly, according to the owner.

Officers escorted the customer, Joseph Pszczola, outside to a parking lot, where they said they could smell alcohol on his breath. Pszczola allegedly pushed one of the officers and tried to hit him.

The officer hit back, landing a punch on the right side of Pszczola’s face.

Pszczola is charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

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