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West Indies fast bowler charged with assault

Published:Friday | January 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica and West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor is scheduled to appear in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court on January 12 to answer assault charges stemming from an incident yesterday at a St Elizabeth bar.

Sergeant Clifford Evans, of the Junction police, said he arrested Taylor at a bar in the district shortly after midnight. He said Taylor became abusive after the policeman ordered the tavern closed because its proprietor was operating beyond the 11 p.m. deadline.

Evans said Taylor assaulted him when he tried to arrest him.

Taylor was taken to the Junction Police Station where he was charged for using indecent language, resisting arrest, improper conduct and assaulting a police officer.

He was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail. Rochelle Gooden, proprietor of the bar, was charged with operating without a food handler's permit and operating beyond closing time.

The 25-year-old Taylor, who is from St Elizabeth, made his Test debut as an 18-year-old against Sri Lanka in 2003. Last February, he returned figures of five wickets for 11 runs to lead the regional team to an innings and 23-run victory over England at Sabina Park.

Taylor has taken 82 wickets in 25 Tests. He is also a capable lower-order batsman who scored a Test century (106) against New Zealand during the West Indies' tour of that country in 2008.