MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Trial is under way for a St. Charles County deputy accused of committing several crimes while on a methamphetamine raid.

Christopher Hunt is charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of property damage, assault and making a false police report.

Hunt was among St. Charles County officers responding to reports of a meth lab in neighboring Montgomery County in 2009.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that prosecutor Nicole Volkert said in opening statements Monday that Hunt was not working that night but showed up because he had a grudge against suspect Phillip Alberternst, then beat him.

But defense attorney Joseph McCulloch said Hunt had been asked to come to the scene by other detectives and that when he arrived he saw meth-making materials on the porch. He also saw Alberternst look out a window. He says the officer used force only because Alberternst resisted arrest.

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