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Hancock man, son charged with assault after deputies remove both from courtroom

April 15, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A man who was at Washington County Courthouse for a Department of Social Services hearing Thursday afternoon swung his fists at two deputies - who then were jumped by his son - after he was ordered removed from the courtroom for being disorderly, Sheriff's Department Capt. Doug Mullendore said.

David Creek, 46, of 13201 Woodmont Road in Hancock, was in Courtroom 2 at about 3:15 p.m. for a Department of Social Services hearing, Mullendore said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III ordered that Creek be removed from the courtroom, but as Deputy 1st Class Michael Gladhill and Cpl. Dennis Mummert started to remove him, "he swung at them and hit them," Mullendore said.

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Creek was charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest, Sheriff's Department Cpl. Daniel Faith said.

Creek's 15-year-old son was taken into custody after he jumped on the deputies as they were taking his father out of the courtroom, Mullendore said.

The boy was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest, Faith said.

Faith said Thursday evening that both had been released on personal recognizance.

Lying face down on the red carpeted floor of the second story of the courthouse, Creek writhed and screamed, claiming injuries ranging from his ankle to his shoulder to the too-tight grip of his handcuffs.

"Watch my shoulder. I got a bad shoulder," he screamed as a deputy changed his handcuffs, which held his hands behind his back. About 10 police officers stood around him. Creek claimed he couldn't breathe and later said he was hyperventilating. He then huffed loud breaths in a repetitive fashion, shaking his head.

Gladhill's fingers were wrapped in what appeared to be a paper towel. Mummert dabbed his hand, which was bleeding a little, with a paper towel.

"What did I do wrong?" Creek cried at one point.

"You didn't leave the courtroom like we told you to," Mummert told him matter-of-factly, holding the paper towel to his hand.

Creek, who was on the floor for about 25 minutes, tried to explain his version of the events to a woman who was kneeling by his side. He said he was "sitting there crying" in the courtroom.

When paramedics arrived, they told Creek they doubted his ankle was broken as he had claimed, but Creek asked to be taken to the hospital. Paramedics brought a chair to carry him down the stairs, but he changed his mind and said he could walk. He then decided the chair would be his best bet, but continued to complain that the handcuffs were pinching him.

Staff writer Brian Shappell contributed to this story.

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