Correctional officer injured in altercation at County Jail

A correctional officer was hospitalized Saturday evening after he was reportedly assaulted while booking a man at County Jail.

Thomas B. Hines, 20, a transient, allegedly became agitated as he was being booked about 6:10 p.m. on unrelated misdemeanor charges of defrauding an innkeeper and illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.

During the booking process, Hines allegedly grappled with the 47-year-old correctional officer and forcibly tripped him, causing his ankle to break in three places, Sheriff’s Sgt. Dale Strobridge said.

The correctional officer, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin, was hospitalized Saturday night at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. He is expected to undergo surgery Sunday for what was deemed a moderate injury, Strobridge said.

Hines was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on a correctional officer. He remained Saturday at County Jail on $20,000 bail.