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Intoxicated trio are arrested after scuffling with officers and injuring one

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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:00 pm

At approximately 5:35 p.m. September 18, officers responded to PDQ located on Highway 247 in response to a call of a physical disturbance. Russellville Police officers arrived and observed two females and a male standing around a red Nissan Frontier pick up. A trooper with the Arkansas State Police was speaking with them when the officers arrived.

The trooper had responded after someone passing by, informed him of the disturbance while he was patrolling Highway 7 South.

The male suspect was identified as Travis Baskin, 33 of Ola.

Baskin and the two women denied being involved in a disturbance but all appeared to be intoxicated.

Within the report, the officers stated all three people had watery blood shot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of intoxicating beverages.

A preliminary breath test was performed on Baskin and one of the females, identified as Baskin's mother. Baskin's test showed a .17 and his mother's results were .14. Due to the level of of their intoxication, officers decided to place all three subjects under arrest for public intoxication.

While an officer attempted to place handcuffs on Baskin, the man turned around and attempted to strike the officer in the head, but was unsuccessful. Baskin continued to be aggressive towards the officers, began to fight them and refused to submit to arrest.

While attempting to gain control of Baskin, an officer and Baskin fell to the ground, causing injury to the Russellville Police officer.

Baskins continued to resist and fight and attempted to grab an officer's firearm.  At that time, the Arkansas State Trooper involved in the incident used his Electronic Control Device to stun him in his lower back. Baskin's then complied with the officer's requests and placed his hands behind his back to be handcuffed and transported.

Baskin's denied receiving injuries and refused medical treatment after the incident, but was transported to the Pope County Detention Center where a felony hold was placed on him for the charges of battery in the second degree, resisting arrest, public intoxication, and criminal mischief after one of the officers received injuries from the scuffle.

In a bond hearing on Friday, the prosecutor recommended Baskin's bond to be issued for $5,000.

Pope County Circuit Judge Ken D. Coker, Jr. ordered Baskin's bond in the amount of $5,000 as recommended. The judge also ordered Mr. Baskin's to not use drugs or alcohol unless prescribed by a physician and to appear in a plea arraignment hearing on October 21 at 9 a.m. in Pope County Circuit Court.

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