Jailer, Police Officers Hurt in Forrest City Disturbance

JULY 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:23 a.m. CDT

FORREST CITY, AR - Authorities at Forrest City say a man jailed on a disorderly conduct now faces additional charges.  They say a county jailer and some city police officers were hurt by attacks with a broom stick, fists and teeth.

Several Forrest City police officers responded to radio reports of a disturbance at the county jail late Sunday morning and subdued the inmate.

An arrest report said 31-year-old Robert Terell Wallace of Searcy had been arrested about 1 a.m. after relatives reported he had become violent.  The disturbance at the jail occured about 11 a.m. when Wallace, armed with a broom stick, attacked jailers who were serving lunch to inmates in their cells.  Jailer Ronald Davis was struck in the face, and Wallace then fled to another cell in the rear of the jail.

The report said city officers who came to the jail tried to subdue Wallace with pepper spray, to little effect, though some officers succumbed to the spray and had to leave the building.

According to the report, Forrest City patrolman Mike Long was hit in the head with the broom handle, Tim Renigar was hit in the face with a fist and officer Wes Mason had a finger bitten off and was struck in the head before officers succeeded in handcuffing Wallace.

St. Francis County Sheriff's Office chief investigator Glenn Ramsey said Wallace is now also charged with four counts of second-degree battery.

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