JONESBORO — An Arkansas State University Police officer was reportedly hospitalized and several others were injured over the weekend during a disturbance at a basketball game.
When officers approached the suspect during the Red Wolves’ Friday matchup against Arkansas-Little Rock, he “began to yell and push the person he was seated next to,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
As Lt. Thrasher attempted to handcuff Darius Eskridge, 21, of Jonesboro, he resisted and claimed that his Miranda rights weren’t read, it read. This caused the arrest to require assistance of two officers with the Jonesboro Police Department.
“During this altercation (Eskridge) continued to resist being placed in handcuffs and broke my body camera mount from my uniform. Once his right wrist was placed in handcuffs he began to passively resist being escorted … dragging his feet and attempting to dig his feet into the ground,” Thrasher wrote.
Eskridge was then picked up and carried out of First National Bank Arena. Eskridge allegedly “jerked his left leg free” and kicked Thrasher in the left knee, causing him to fall.
During the altercation, a JPD officer was spat on, another was kicked in the left knee and another in the chest. JPD Chief Rick Elliott was also kicked in the face as they tried to detain Eskridge in a transport vehicle, the sworn document states.
“After a short while, I began to experience severe pain in my left knee, which resulted in needing emergent care,” Thrasher wrote. “Other injuries to officers were treated on (the) scene.”
Thrasher told The Sun on Tuesday that he was transported to an emergency room, treated and released.
District Court Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Eskridge with second-degree battery injuring a police officer, aggravated assault on a correctional facility employee, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
As part of his pretrial release, Boling set at $75,000 cash or surety bond. The online jail roster suggests that a mental evaluation from Mid-South Health Systems was also ordered.