January 25, 2014

Juvenile arrested after assaulting officer

Suspect claims he smoked crack earlier that night

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


Chickasha police arrested two juveniles Jan. 18 after one struck an officer in the chin during questioning. 

CPD Officer Joel Hendrix said he noticed a vehicle in the area of S. 13th Street and W. Iowa Avenue that had stopped further than required by law at a stop sign. He said the back passenger door of the vehicle was open, which made him suspicious due to several calls of attempted break-ins that evening. 

Hendrix said the door shut and the vehicle sped away as he passed in his car. According to an incident report, Hendrix caught up with the vehicle three blocks away. 

"I estimated the vehicle to be traveling well in excess of the posted 30 mph zone," said Hendrix. 

The subjects in the automobile ducked down in the back seat after Hendrix placed his spotlight on the car, according to the report. 

Hendrix said he approached the vehicle, but could not see anyone in the driver's or passenger's seats. He said it wasn't until he reach the car when he saw two male subjects in the front seat of the vehicle attempting to hide from his view. 

Hendrix asked for the identifications of the two males in the conveyance, according to the report. He said the driver became argumentative and would not give him his identification. 

"He would not give me his (driver's license) because (he said) 'I had no right ask him for it,'" said Hendrix. 

The subject was sweating profusely despite wearing a short sleeve T-shirt and it being a cool night, said Hendrix. 

"Based on my experience of a drug recognition expert I know PCP can cause a subject to sweat in a cold environment," he said. 

Hendrix continued to ask the driver for identification, and at one point told him he'd be arrested if he refused to give any form of ID. 

Hendrix opened the vehicle and asked the driver to get out, according to the report. The driver complied, but became combative after Hendrix and CPD Officer Clayton Hobbs attempted detain him. 

"That is when I saw and felt (the subject) begin to pull away and fight," said Hendrix. "Hobbs was unable to gain control of his right arm and that is when (the subject) punched Hobbs in the chin." 

Hendrix and Hobbs managed to take the suspect to the ground, but the subject continued of fight even after having one hand cuffed, according to the report. The suspect attempted to stand up and get away. CPD Officer David Michael Harper-Head deployed a Taser to the suspect's left shoulder blade allowing Hobbs and Hendrix to fully detain the suspect. 

Hendrix said he found four knives in the suspect's pockets. 

"(The suspect) was escorted to my vehicle and placed in the back seat," said Hendrix. "(He) was very vocal and was kicking the inside of my vehicle." 

While transporting the juvenile suspect, Hendrix said he continued to cuss and yell in the back seat, and made several comments depicting that he had done crack cocaine that night. 

The 17-year-old passenger of the car was also, arrested after an investigation led officers to believe that he was drunk. 

The driver refused to take the state's blood test and was later taken to Lawton to be housed for the evening.