Smokey Barn News Sunday January 12, 2014 Springfield, Tenn.
Pleasant View Police Chief Has Been Charged with Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest At AppleBee’s In Springfield.
Springfield police were called to AppleBee’s in Springfield on Tom Austin Hwy at 12:24AM Saturday night in reference to an intoxicated man annoying other customers. According to several witnesses at AppleBee’s, Michael Anderson Douglas, 42 of Ashland City, allegedly resisted Springfield Police officers as they tried to arrest him Saturday night for alleged public intoxication. Douglas is currently the police chief for the city of Pleasant View TN.
The above facts are confirmed on Douglas’s Robertson County jail booking report that indicates that he was charged with alleged “Public Intoxication” and allegedly “Resisting Arrest” both carrying a total bond amount of $1000. Douglas was booked into the Robertson County Jail around 3:30AM. Douglas made bond and was released Sunday afternoon at 12:10PM.
According to a Springfield Police report obtained by Smokey Barn News, Douglas was asked to leave AppleBee’s before police were called. When Police arrived they asked Douglas to step outside and Douglas began to do so. The report indicated that Douglas appeared to be very intoxicated. As they made their way outside police asked if Douglas had a ride home, Douglas replied “no” according to the report. Police say Douglas was “very upset” and told officers he was going to leave but was having trouble finding his car, Douglas was also dropping things. Police say they repeatedly asked Douglas to “remain calm and he could not drive off.” The report says Douglas was speaking incoherently. At this point officers decided Douglas was “a danger to himself and the public” and he was placed under arrest for “public intoxication” according to the report. As Police told Douglas he was under arrest he “balled his fist and attempted to pull away”. Officers had to force his hands behind his back to place handcuffs on him, the report said.
At this point police say Douglas fell to the ground and refused to walk and started yelling obscenities at the officers and demanding he be let go. Police say they tried moving Douglas’s handcuffs in front of him to try to calm him down but he continued to “push away from officers”. He continued to resist officers as they tried to place him in the police vehicle and he “ripped out the rubber door boundary” which we believe was the weather stripping on the police vehicle. According to the report, Douglas “continued to kick” and “yell out demands to be released”.
When they arrived at the Robertson County detention facility in Springfield Douglas refused to get out of the car. Douglas was escorted in to the jail with the assistance of Robertson County deputies. The report makes no mention that weapons were used and Douglas had no weapons on him at the time of the arrest at AppleBee’s.
As for Douglas’s apparent swollen or shut eye in his mugshot, we don’t believe that it was a result of any physical altercations during the arrest or booking process. A credible source told Smokey Barn News that Douglas was pepper sprayed just prior to the booking process at the Robertson County jail. In reaching out to the jail they indicated that they “do not comment on specific instances of inmate behavior.”
An acquaintance of Douglas’s (that wished to remain anonymous) said that the news of his arrest was a surprise and it all seemed out of character for Douglas, though he also said he had been out of touch with Douglas for some time.
We have reached out to Douglas for comment but it’s not very likely he will speak to the press.
It’s important to remember that Douglas has only been charged and should be deemed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Pleasant View has released the following press release relating to Douglas’s arrest.
Town of Pleasant View
January 13, 2014
I am deeply saddened and disappointed to learn of the Town’s Chief of Police being involved in off duty behavior that has lead to his arrest in Springfield. This is especially difficult to hear because of Chief Douglas’ love and support of this community that reaches far beyond his duties as Police Chief. He often goes above the call of duty for his prescribed position.
The Town will investigate the facts that lead to his arrest. Until then, the Chief has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
I have the utmost trust in our department and entire staff at City Hall. We ask for your thoughtful consideration of all the parties involved during this time.
Thanks and God Bless,
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