Man arrested after fighting with deputies

Published 4:42 am Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mark Hines | Decatur County Jail

A Climax man was arrested early Wednesday, after fighting with sheriff’s deputies at a convenience store.

The incident happened shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Kangaroo Express on U.S. Highway 84 East. Four Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies were at the store taking a break from patrol when they heard a “verbal altercation” going on in the store’s parking lot.

The deputies went outside to investigate, where they found a man — later identified as Mark Hines, 28, of 214 Bradley St., Climax — attempting to start a fight with another man who was inside a vehicle. Deputies told Hines to calm down and step away from the car.

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According to a Decatur County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Deputy Chris Kines again told Hines to step away from the car, at which point Hines reportedly became “most hostile.” Kines grabbed Hines’ arm and attempted to place him under arrest. Hines began to fight with Kines and punched the officer in the side of his head. Hines also reportedly punched Deputy Sam Hughes, who was attempting to assist in the arrest.

Captain Nick Godwin and Deputy Sam Hughes took Hines to the ground, where he continued to struggle with officers. Kines used his Taser electronic weapon on Hines until he stopped resisting and could be restrained in handcuffs.

Hines was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance, where he was treated and later released to the Sheriff’s Office, who booked him into the Decatur County Jail.

Hines was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, three counts of battery on an officer, disorderly conduct and obstruction of an officer.