BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) –A Baxter County Sheriff’s deputy was injured while making an arrest on Tuesday.
41-year-old Chad Lee Merriman was arrested early Tuesday morning at a residence in Norfork after deputies were called to the scene. Merriman had outstanding arrest warrants and was violating an Order of Protection by being at the residence.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the residence on Major Street around 2:40 p.m. after being notified of an open line 911 call from there. Recent calls from that address indicated that Merriman was either at the residence or trying to make entry into the residence. Deputies had responded to the residence numerous times regarding Merriman violating a protection order.
Deputies arrived and found him asleep. There were already outstanding warrants for violating an Order of Protection and for fleeing from previous incidents.
Deputies made contact with Merriman and informed him that he was under arrest. He refused to comply with instructions and resisted the arrest. Deputies deployed pepper spray in an effort to take him into custody.
While scuffling with deputies, he grabbed the duty belt of one of the officers. He was eventually subdued and taken into custody. One deputy was injured in the scuffle, sustaining a large cut to his neck.
Once Merriman was arrested, drug paraphernalia was found concealed on his person, including seven syringes and a spoon containing suspected methamphetamine residue. He is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond on charges of second degree battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, violating and order of protection and three counts of fleeing.
He is scheduled to appear in the Circuit Court to answer the charges from this incident on Wednesday and will also appear on in District Court later on the misdemeanor warrants that were outstanding.
Records indicate that Merriman has been booked into the Baxter County Jail a total of 19 times since 1996 on various charges.