by Emily Waldrep
The Woodville Police Department received a call around lunch time on January 16 regarding a possibly intoxicated person at McDonalds. According to Chief Mike McCulley, Police Officers arrived at the scene and made contact with a male subject there and identified him as Rodric Deon Douglas, age 33 of Woodville. Officers immediately noticed signs of intoxication, and went to make an arrest on Douglas but he began to resist and aggressively try to get away from the officers.
"He refused to give the officers his hands and did not comply with the officers at all," McCulley said. "After several attempts in trying to secure his hands, officers deployed the Taser to help gain control of Douglas, but the Taser was not effective, which happens sometimes with someone heavily under the influence of drugs."
The officers continued to struggle with Douglas and there were several bystanders who came to the officer's aide and assisted officers by holding onto the suspect so he could be secured. After he was secured and transported to the jail, a complete search was done and a gram baggie of white powder was found on Douglas. The substance appeared and tested positive for Cocaine.
Douglas was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest, Search or Transport.
The police department wants to extend a thank you to those who stepped in to help the officers, although the department does not encourage citizens to put themselves in a situation that they could be hurt as well.
"In that particular situation it did help the police officers tremendously with getting the suspect under control without hurting anyone," McCulley said. "If the public sees a police officer that is struggling with a suspect in the public, generally we ask the person not approach the officer unless he request assistance, because we don't want people putting themselves in harms way. In this particular situation, the officers did need assistance and it was certainly OK for the citizens to help."