ONALASKA, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Onalaska Police Department arrested a 20-year-old man on Sept. 24 in connection to allegations that he kicked one of the officers, tried to break the Plexiglas partition in a patrol unit with his head, and threatened jailers.
The suspect in the case also allegedly spit on one of the jailers.
Anthony Drew Pierce, of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on two felony assault of a public servant charges, a making a terroristic threat to a public servant charge, a evading arrest charge that was enhanced because of a previous conviction charge, and a theft between $750 and $2500 charge.
Collectively, Pierce's bail amount has been set at $37,500.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Wednesday, an Onalaska PD officer was dispatched out to a home in the 200 block of Sugar Maple in reference to a disturbance late in the evening of Sept. 23.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he found that Pierce had been involved in an argument with another person at the residence. Pierce appeared "slightly intoxicated" and unsteady, the affidavit stated. The affidavit also stated that Pierce had bloodshot, glassy eyes, and he smelled of "old beer."
At that point, the Onalaska PD officer put Pierce in handcuffs, so he could further investigate what had happened, the affidavit stated. The officer then told
Pierce that he was going to put him in the back of his patrol unit.
As the officer was escorting Pierce to the patrol unit, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrived on the scene to assist the officer. At that point, Pierce ran from the officer and trooper, the affidavit stated. The trooper chased Pierce for about 60 yards before the suspect fell.
When the law enforcement officers tried to take Pierce back into custody, he allegedly kicked the Onalaska PD officer in the right leg and right side multiple times before they gained control of him.
According to the affidavit, as they pulled up to the Polk County Jail, Pierce was trying to break the Plexiglas divider between the front and back portions of the patrol unit by kicking it and slamming his head into it.
When Pierce was booked into the jail, jail staff members put him in a restraint chair for both his and their safety. While the jailers were putting Pierce in the restraint chair, he allegedly spit at one of them.
"Pierce was cussing and making multiple threats to each jailer, stating that he was going to kill them and when he got a sharp object, he was going to shank them and stab them," the affidavit stated.
Pierce was placed in the Polk County Jail's violent cell until he could regain his mental and physical faculties.