Local Man Arrested Following Assault

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By Tammy Moore Teague

Tuesday night the Mansfield Police Department was dispatched on a disturbance call to 809 Grove Street in Mansfield. Corporal Tom Garrison responded to that call. “The disturbance was between the male and female,” Garrison stated. He added that upon arrival on scene the unnamed female met and spoke with him. Then, he confronted the male occupant, Clift Swindell, inside the home.

It was at this point Swindell became belligerent and hostile. “He had been drinking,” Garrison said. At this point the corporal called for backup. That call was answered by Huntington’s Police Chief, Brandon Odle. The altercation escalated and became physical. Odle deployed his taser unit, however, Swindell managed to pull out the conductive wires rendering it ineffective. Odle then used a manual technique to taze Swindell in order to place him safely in custody. Garrison sustained minor injuries to his elbow during the altercation.

Multiple agencies arrived on scene including the Sebastian County Sheriffs Department, Sebastian County EMS, Greenwood Police Department, Huntington First Responder and a Mansfield Fire Fighter.

A bond hearing has been set for Swindell. Possible charges are pending with an on-going investigation. Presently he is being charged with assault on an both officers, Garrison and Odle, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication. He is currently at the Scott County Detention Center.

Swindell faced similar charges in Sebastian County seven years ago. He plead not guilty to aggravated assault, a class D felony, pled guilty to terroristic threatening in the first degree, a Class D felony and plead guilty to breaking or entering, a Class D felony. A plea agreement was reached in this case.

Resident Press will continue to follow this story as it continues to develop.

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