Trooper Darwon Evans holds Onnie Smith on the ground after Smith resisted arrest (Your humble editor standing. I was there just in case Evans needed help, but Evans handled Smith quite well without me).
Fugitive Decides to Resist, Trooper Evans Lowers the Boom, LIVINGSTON, July 13, 2011 - At approximately 7:20 pm on July 12, 2011, a report came in to the Polk County Sheriff's Office of a reckless driver on US-146 south traveling north-bound. According to the witness, the male driver could be seen physically beating his female passenger.Trooper Darwon Evans with Texas Highway Patrol was dispatched to the area. The driver pulled into the parking lot of 146 Grocery (approximately 6 miles south of Livingston). According to Trooper Evans, he spoke to the couple who denied any violence. Evans smelled alcohol on the driver, Onnie Jeremy Smith, 26, of Goodrich. Evans had Smith step out of the vehicle to the rear of the car. Evans ran Smith's license and found out that Smith had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear in court for an open container violation. Evans placed Smith under arrest, cuffed Smith, and loaded Smith into his patrol unit.
Onnie Smith Decides to Get Cute... After Trooper Evans loaded Smith into his car, Evans then went to the female passenger and began to get her story. Trooper Evans looked back and noticed that Onnie Smith had pulled his hand cuffs under his feet so that his hands were now in front of him. Evans pulled Smith from the car and re-cuffed Smith (hands behind back). This time, Evans attempted to use Smith's seatbelt to stop Smith's little game. Evans attempted to run the seatbelt through Smith's arms when buckling Smith in so that Smith couldn't slip his cuffs again.
Resisting Arrest... As Evans was buckling Smith into his seat, Smith decided to resist and attempted to force his way past Evans. Trooper Evans quickly pushed Smith down to the concrete and held him in place and called for help in apprehending Smith. While on the ground, Smith tried to talk Trooper Evans into letting him back up. Evans took the safe route and didn't give Smith another chance to resist and held Smith down on the ground until Sergeant William Jerry with the Sheriff's Office arrived. Trooper Evans and Sergeant Jerry physically picked up Onnie Smith and loaded him into the back of William Jerry's patrol unit.
Onnie Smith is facing charges of: Resisting arrest/transport, public intoxication, and the original warrant for Smith's failure to appear in court for his open container violation.
Please scroll through the pictures below to see what happened.
Trooper Darwon Evans cuffed Onnie Smith and began escorting Smith to a patrol unit.
Early on Smith was showing signs of being contrary (notice Smith pulling away from Evans as Evans escorts Smith to vehicle).
Evans continues to load Onnie Smith into a patrol unit.
Smith continues to be contrary.
Smith tries to argue with Trooper Evans.
Evans put his hand on top of Smith's head to force Smith into the vehicle.
After Onnie Smith moved his cuffs from his back to his front by slipping them under his legs, Trooper Evans re-cuffed Smith and tried to run the seatbelt between Smith's arms to prevent a recurrence, Smith started resisting strongly...
Smith tried to force his way past Evans...
...but Evans smothered Smith's resistance.
Evans lowered the boom on Smith and reminded him that the law will be upheld.
Sergeant William Jerry showed up minutes later to transport a resistant Onnie Smith to Polk County Jail.
Evans and Jerry literally picked up Onnie Smith and loaded him into a Sheriff's patrol unit.
After Smith was loaded he started kicking hard on Sergeant Jerry's unit door. Sergeant Jerry reached for a can of pepper spray and was about to use it on Smith.
Jerry readies to spray. When Smith saw Jerry's intentions, he piped down (Jerry gave him another chance).
The stupidness continues: When Jerry opened the door, Smith had once gain slipped his cuffs to the front. Jerry and Evans re-cuff Smith again.
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