VANDALIA — A Vandalia man has been arrested for assaulting a Vandalia police officer.
Deontaye R. Trammell, 20, has been charged with felony assault on a police officer, a fourth degree felony. He is currently incarcerated at the Montgomery County Jail with a $35,000 bond.
The incident occurred on March 1 when officers were called to the Waffle House on National Road on the report of a man refusing to leave the restaurant.
When an officer responded to the restaurant and attempted to detain Trammell, he fled while being led to the officer’s patrol car. As more officers responded to the scene, a struggle ensued and Trammell allegedly struck the responding officer in the face.
It took three officers to bring Trammell to the ground where he continues to struggle and resist arrest.
According to the report, one of the officers gave a verbal warning that he was about to use a Taser, and when he did, Trammell ceased resisting.
“The officers dealt with Mr. Trammell in a reasonable and responsible manner,” said Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight. “Any person who would resist three police officers presents a threat to ordinary citizens. This incident could have been avoided if the subject had done as he was asked.”
Knight said officers did as they were trained in the potential use of a Taser.
“We are trained to give, when able, a verbal warning before using the Taser,” said Knight. “We try to avoid using it if possible. In this case, the subject went limp and surrendered when he heard the word Taser.”
Trammell was bound over to the Montgomery County Grand Jury on March 10 after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in Vandalia Municipal Court. If released on bond, he will be required to be monitored on electronic home detention.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.