Officials said Sunny Ray Johnson, 77, became irate as an investigator with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) questioned him. Dumas Police were on the scene at the time of the assault.
“At that time our officers stepped in,” said Sergeant Nick Jordan
“He physically grabbed the officer,” Jordan said. “It was explained to me like a bear hug.”
Jordan said this is not the first time the pharmacy board has sent investigators to look into Johnson's practices. Jordan also said it is not the first time the pharmacy board has asked for Dumas police assistance.
Johnson is charged with simple assault, but the charge could have been more serious because the investigator with the TSBP could be considered a peace officer.
Johnson and his wife both had their licenses suspended by the board. Johnson was previously accused of selling prescription drugs to an undercover investigator with the board.
Two months ago, Johnson filed a federal lawsuit against the pharmacy board claiming the $14,500 fine levied against him was causing irreparable damage to his business.
(myhighplains.com contributed to this story)