Posted BY: Billy M | NwoReport
A Baxter County man is jailed in central Arkansas after attacking two police officers who were trying to arrest him Sunday night. At one time during the fracas, 35-year-old Dustin Arch Black of Big Flat yelled “Jesus Christ is our lord and savior” when a policeman was biting his fingers after he had shoved them in the policeman’s mouth. Black used a police baton to hit an officer in the head twice and caused another officer to shoot himself with a Taser when he pushed him.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, citing a report from Cammack Village Police Chief Peter Powell, a suspicious person was walking barefoot on the road. The man, later identified as Black, was placing caution cones in the middle of the road.
When officer Joshua Blasingame arrived, Black refused to give any identification and continued to walk down the road. Blasingame told Black to turn around and Black said “You don’t want to do this.”
Blasingame was able to use a bear-hold to walk Black to his patrol car as Chief Powell arrived. At this point, Black agreed to sit on a nearby bench. But when he was told he was under arrest, he turned around and started pushing Blasingame.
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As the officer tried to use his Taser on Black, Black kicked him, causing him to miss. During the officer’s second attempt, Black pushed Blasingame in the face, causing the officer to fire the Taser into his own thigh.
As Blasingame tried unsuccessfully to remove the prongs, Black attacked Chief Powell, gouging him in the eyes with his fingers.
As the two officers wrestled Black to the ground, he reportedly told them “You are about to die, let me go.”
At that time, Black grabbed Blasingame’s baton and struck Chief Powell in the forehead twice with it. Powell was able to take the baton away and held it against Black’s neck.
Chief Powell said during that part of the struggle, “Black shoved four fingers into my mouth and I bit down on them in the hopes of causing some pain compliance. But this had no effect. He began yelling ‘Jesus Christ is our lord and savior.’”
Powell was finally able to contain Black on the ground and Blasingame called for backup. Six Little Rock police officers arrived and Black was finally placed in handcuffs.
Chief Powell was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Black is being held in the Pulaski County Jail on two counts of battery in the first degree and one count each of disorderly conduct and refusal to submit to arrest. His bond is set at $15,000.