Two arrested in altercation with firefighter

JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT) – Jonesboro police arrested a Craighead County man Thursday night as Jonesboro Firefighters were putting out a house fire.  According to a Jonesboro Police report Doyle Yarbrough, 82, of Jonesboro and Tony Scott Parish, 50, of Jonesboro were involved in an altercation with firefighters.

According to narrative statements, Yarbrough was arguing with firefighters as they were working to extinguish a house fire at 404 West Lawson Road. Records indicate the home belonged to Yarbrough and he wanted firefighters to let it burn.

Officer Lane Holmes said Jonesboro Fire Chief Brett Winstead asked for officer assistance. On arrival, Holmes stated several firefighters were trying to talk to Yarbrough. Winstead told Holmes that Yarbrough cursed and physically assaulted firefighters as they were trying to put out the fire. Winstead said Yarbrough told firefighters to let the building burn. Winstead said Yarbrough was not cooperating with officers as he was placed into custody.

Another man, later identified as Parish, also failed to cooperate with police when Holmes tried to place him in handcuffs. Holmes said Parish seemed irritated and upset. When Holmes tried to place Parish in custody, he jerked out of the officers hands and raised his arms to his chest. According to the report, Holmes, not knowing what Parish was doing, pulled out his taser. Holmes stunned Parish for two seconds before Parish complied.

Both Yarbrough and Parish claimed they had not been drinking, refused to sign a promise to appear and refused to take a sobriety test.

Yarbrough's felony unlawful burning will be amended to the city ordinance open burning violation. Yarbrough will appear in court for a probable cause hearing Monday.

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