Sgt. Scott West (Photo: Garland County Sheriff's Office)
GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garland County Sheriff's Office has suspended a deputy without pay following a dash cam investigation.
Lt. James Martin said Sgt. Scott West is under investigation after a traffic stop went wrong. The patrol captain felt the dash cam video, from June 13, needed to be investigated. Martin said that West was trying to question two men in a vehicle matching the description of one described after two people tried to kick in a woman's door.
In West's written testimony, he said that one of the two men, Jerry Hoover, began yelling and cussing at him, and when asked to calm down, Hoover said, "I don't care! Take me to jail!" So, West said, he arrested him and put him in the back of his patrol car.
The driver, Jordan Hoover, was also informed that he was under arrest after he failed to listen to instructions to get back into his truck, according to West. After refusing to comply with the arrest, Hoover continued to yell and threatened to cause harm to West, so West radioed for help.
When the Arkansas State Trooper arrived, according to West's statement, Hoover threw West to his knees and tried to get away. West and the trooper were able to get Hoover pinned to the truck, and West struck Hoover three times under his shoulder blade with his police baton. After that, the officers were able to put handcuffs on him, but Hoover still tried to get away.
West said he leaned Hoover over the hood of his patrol car, and that's when Hoover started hitting his own head on the unit's hood. Hoover was eventually shackled around the legs and had to be physically picked up and placed into the car.
As a result of the arrest, Jerry Hoover has been charged with public intoxication, and his son, Jordan, was charged with DWI, obstructing governmental operations, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.