CLOVIS (KSMX) – On Monday, a Curry County jury convicted a Clovis man of battery on a peace officer. The jury found Tyler S. Phillips, age 35, of Clovis, guilty of Battery on a Peace Officer, a fourth-degree felony, and Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer, a misdemeanor.
In June of 2019, Officer Timo Rosenthal of the Clovis Police Department was patrolling around 10th Street and Calhoun when he spotted Phillips. Officer Rosenthal knew there were warrants out for Phillips arrest.
While Officer Rosenthal was confirming the warrants, Phillips began to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended.
During a routine search of Phillip’s person, he threw his head back and struck Officer Rosenthal in the face. With the aid of other officers, Officer Rosenthal was able to complete the search and arrest of Phillips.
The judge sentenced Phillips to 18 months in the New Mexico Department of Corrections which will be followed by 364 days of supervised probation.