For­mer LHS prin­ci­pal, neighbor ar­rested for fight­ing

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - By Josh O’Bryant

LaFayette High School’s for­mer prin­ci­pal, Michael Lee Cul­ber­son, was ar­rested Sept. 10 fol­low­ing a fight with one of his neigh­bors in Rock Spring.

A deputy dis­patched at about 6 p. m. to in­ves­ti­gate a fight at 200 Hunt­ing Ridge Cir­cle ar­rived to find a wo­man hold­ing a rifle in a non- life threat­en­ing man­ner.

Not know­ing if other weapons were in­volved, the of­fi­cer drew his own shot­gun and or­dered the sus­pects to keep their hands vis­i­ble and re­main still.

A wit­ness said Cul­ber­son had driven past their home, yelling pro­fan­i­ties, mak­ing ob­scene ges­tures and revving his truck’s en­gine. The wit­ness told the deputy that his father be­came ag­i­tated by Cul­ber­son’s be­hav­ior and ap­proached Cul­ber­son’s prop­erty.

The deputy re­ports that Cul­ber­son ad­mit­ted revving his en­gine while driv­ing by his neighbor and showed him cell phone video of his neighbor, Arther Roy Berry, ap­proach­ing and strik­ing him ( Cul­ber­son) in the face.

The two con­tin­ued to ar­gue and Berry’s son tried pulling his father away from Cul­ber­son’s truck.

Berry walked to the back yard. Cul­ber­son fol­lowed and con­tin­ued to pro­voke a fight with Berry be­fore charg­ing him. Cul­ber­son re­sumed record­ing the al­ter­ca­tion as he put Berry in a head­lock while sit­ting on him.

The wit­ness is heard on the video say­ing “get off my father” and “he can’t breath” and is seen hit­ting Cul­ber­son as he tried sep­a­rat­ing the two.

The re­port states that a wo­man also tried to pull Cul­ber­son off of Berry.

On the record­ing, Cul­ber­son is heard say­ing he is “in ( my) yard” and is “jus­ti­fied” and that he would re­lease Berry if the man would leave him alone.

Berry was ar­rested at the scene and charged with fight­ing.

Cul­ber­son re­quested med­i­cal at­ten­tion and fell to the ground when medics ar­rived. He was taken to the hos­pi­tal and later went to the sher­iff’s depart­ment where he was ar­rested for af­fray and dis­or­derly con­duct. The re­port states that the ar­rest of Cul­ber­son was due to him pro­vok­ing the fight — even after Berry had walked away — as well as be­ing the ini­tial in­sti­ga­tor of the fight. He was charged with fight­ing and dis­or­derly con­duct.

Mike Cul­ber­son

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