BRADENTON -- A man was arrested early Thursday after he tried to start a fight at a downtown Bradenton bar and then punched a police officer, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Staff at the Lost Kangaroo called police at 1:23 a.m., saying a man there kept trying to start a fight, according to a release. Officers arrived and tried unsuccessfully to calm Andrea Torkelson, 35, who is a local political consultant.
Torkelson then "assumed a fighting stance" and punched an officer, police said. After a brief struggle Torkelson was arrested and taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
No officers were injured.
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Torkelson was charged with battery on an officer and was released from the Manatee County jail Thursday on his own recognizance following an appearance with a judge.