Nicholas Newton Mitchell
A Muldrow man was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count of a prisoner placing body fluid on a government employee, according to court documents.
Nicholas Newton Mitchell, 38, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500 on each assault and battery charge and he faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 on the third count.
On Dec. 29, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was advised that detention officers were afraid of Mitchell, an inmate of the jail. They said Mitchell wouldn’t open his cell door and he was beating his head against the concrete wall in an attempt to hurt himself.
Upon entering the booking area, the deputy made his way to the front holding cell where Mitchell was then being housed. The deputy pulled out the restraint chair and placed it in front of the cell. When he entered the cell, the inmate discovered that Mitchell was holding his jail-issued mattress in an apparent effort to block any kind of taser or pepper spray.
It took three men to get Mitchell into the restraint chair. After Mitchell’s hands were finally secured, officers began struggling to restrain his legs. But while trying to secure Mitchell’s left leg, Mitchell kicked an officer across the center of his face with his right leg. During the physical struggle, Mitchell also spit on law enforcement and jail personnel.
Once he was completely secured in the restraint chair, Mitchell was given about two hours to ponder his situation. After those two hours, officers came and unlocked the restraints. Mitchell almost immediately took an aggressive stance with the jail operations manager and became verbally aggressive with him.
When Mitchell advanced toward the operations officer again, officers tried to restrain him, but he struck the operations officer on the left side of his face.
After being forced to the ground, Mitchell refused to allow himself to be handcuffed. Mitchell was eventually “drive-stunned” for one five-second cycle with a taser and deputies finally got Mitchell under control.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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