Suspect arrested, assaults police officers

Mesquite Police Department, Mesquite, Nevada, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

MESQUITE, Nev. – After crashing into private property, a alleged drunk driver got the attention of Mesquite Police officers Sunday by hitting and biting them after he was captured.

Mesquite, Nevada policce arrested 48-year-old Thomas Collins on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from drunken driving and assault on police officers. Mesquite, Nevada, July 17, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News
Mesquite, Nevada police arrested 48-year-old Thomas Collins on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged drunken driving incident and assaulting police officers. Mesquite, Nevada, July 17, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Officers arrested Thomas Collins, 48, of Mesquite after he was observed by citizens crashing his vehicle into a tree and a sign, causing significant property damage, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Mesquite Police Officer Quinn Averett.

Collins fled from the officers on foot, but an officer was able to locate and stop him.

While Collins was partially handcuffed, he was able to break free and strike the officer multiple times in the head with the officer’s handcuffs. Collins also bit the officer on the arm, the release states.

When officers finally got Collins under control, they transported him to the Mesquite Detention Center. Collins was not done, however, as he allegedly assaulted a corrections officer, striking the officer multiple times before the officer was able to control him.

Collins has been charged with multiple felonies including one count of battery with a deadly weapon, one count of resisting a police officer with a deadly weapon and one count of battery by a prisoner. He also is facing one misdemeanor count of battery on a Police Officer, one misdemeanor count of duty upon damaging unattended property, and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer.

Collins was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada due to the felony charges.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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2 Comments

  • Bowlinggreen123 July 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    With a name like Tom Collins I guess your bound to drink?

    • RealMcCoy July 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Ahahahahaha too funny!

      Also note that if it had been in a ‘drunk driving free zone’, this never could have happened, and if there had also been an overlapping ‘no hitting’ and ‘no biting zone’, the officers would not have been attacked.
      A few more well placed signs, and we can make this entire country crime-free!
      #morefundingforsigns
      #morelawsmeanslesscrime

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