Pflugerville officer injured during lakeside arrest

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PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – A Lake Pflugerville arrest turned into a struggle that ended with one officer injured Sunday, according to an arrest warrant.

Two Pflugerville police officers said they were patrolling the lake located at near Weiss Lane and Pflugerville Parkway on July 19, when they encountered two men with a dog off-leash, which is not allowed.

Police said one of the two men, later identified as 51-year-old Martin Kozak, was slurring his words and having a hard time walking. When an officer asked for Kozak’s name and date of birth, the suspect began walking away from the scene, according to the affidavit.

Kozak said, “I’m not going through this again,” and explained he had just gotten out of the penitentiary. One officer grabbed Kozak and took him to the ground with a “modified arm-bar takedown.” During the struggle, the officer’s thumb broke in two places, according to the affidavit.

Texas Department of Public Safety records show Kozak has been arrested at least seven times in Travis and Williamson counties over the past 35 years. Kozak has been charged at various times for theft, unlawful carrying a weapon, driving while intoxicated and burglary of a vehicle, among other charges.

Police said they also arrested the other man, 56-year-old Michael Reece Powell for outstanding warrants.

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