A Stoughton police officer was punched in the face while trying to arrest a man at the Cheese Days festival in Monroe, according to a release from Monroe police.
Officers on foot patrol at the festival on Sunday saw a man being chased from a tavern shortly after 5 p.m. The tavern staff was chasing the man and asked officers for help. An officer was punched in the face while trying to subdue the man.
Police said Leo R. Dempewolf, 22, of Sterling, Illinois, had punched someone in the tavern and caused a disturbance before fleeing.
He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and battery to a law enforcement officer.
The officer suffered minor injuries, and was treated and released from Monroe Clinic Hospital. The Stoughton officer was assisting Monroe police during the large weekend festival.