Man accused of punching deputy who loosened his cuffs

Man accused of punching deputy who loosened his cuffs

CLEBURNE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Deputies say first he threatened them with a knife, then he punched one of them before trying to run away. Now he's behind bars.

Charles Smith, 42, is charged with second-degree battery, second-degree escape, and disorderly conduct following the March 4 incident.

That day Cleburne County deputies responded to a one-vehicle crash in the 2100-block of Miller Point Road.

When they arrived, according to a news release from the sheriff's office, Smith met them holding a knife and yelling and cursing.

After a brief exchange, deputies persuaded Smith to put down the knife and took him into custody.

As the officers were transporting him, Smith complained that his handcuffs were too tight.

When deputies checked the cuffs, they say Smith became aggressive and hit one of the officers before running away.

He was caught a short distance away and taken to the Cleburne County Jail to await a probable cause hearing.

He remains in custody at this time.

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