Deputy cuts man out of seatbelt after resisting arrest

Deputy cuts man out of seatbelt after resisting arrest
Heather Knuckles (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Heather Knuckles (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A traffic stop for a broken tail light ended with two Greene County residents behind bars.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, a Greene County sheriff's deputy spotted a 2002 Lincoln Continental with broken taillights.

After initiating a traffic stop, the officer stated the passengers in the vehicle were moving around and looking back at him.

The driver's side window of the vehicle was rolled up when the deputy approached it, so the deputy shined his flashlight on the window and spotted a man he identified as 56-year-old Sheldon Nix.

The deputy reported seeing Nix's wallet on his lap and that his hands were shaking as he attempted to remove money from the wallet while ignoring the deputy's presence.

According to an incident report, the deputy saw a corner cut plastic bag containing a white substance come out of the wallet and land in Nix's lap and Nix quickly grabbed the bag and looked at the deputy in shock.

After Nix tried to put the bag back into his wallet, the deputy knocked on the window, ordering Nix to open the door.

The deputy ordered Nix to open the door several more times before he opened the door himself and attempted to pull Nix out of the vehicle, but Nix still had on his seat belt.

At that time, the deputy cut the seat belt off of Nix after he refused to comply with the deputy's demands. The deputy and another officer removed Nix from the car.

The deputy said Nix began to resist arrest and a female passenger, 23-year-old Heather Knuckles, tried to close the driver's side door.

The deputy ordered Knuckles and another female passenger out of the vehicle.

When two more deputies arrived on the scene to help, they searched the car but did not find anything illegal.

After arriving at the Greene County Detention Center, the deputy stated the plastic bag seen earlier at the scene was not found during the intake process and Nix was placed under a detoxification hold to make sure he did not swallow the bag.

Nix and Knuckles face charges of obstructing a governmental operation and Nix faces additional charges for defective tail lights and resisting arrest.

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