On Monday, July 31, 2017 at approximately 5am, Deputy Blackwell with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Pine High School in reference to a suspicious vehicle pulling around towards the back of the school.
Upon arrival, Deputies confronted an individual named, Henry Banard Darling standing near a chevy pickup truck, which was parked near the welding shop located at the back of the school. Deputy Blackwell inquired why Darling was on school property at this time of the morning. Darling advised he was there to pick up some angle iron for his friend. Deputy Blackwell obtained Darling’s driver’s license so he could conduct a warrant check. At this point Lt. Brumfield arrived on scene and began a check of the outside of the building to determine if any damage was obvious. Lt. Brumfield observed a piece of steel pipe laying near Darling vehicle and also observed one piece of angle iron in the back of his vehicle.
WPSO Communications advised that Darling had valid attachments for contempt of court (carless operation of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle in an unsafe condition). Darling informed deputies that he wasn’t going to let them take him to jail. As Deputy Blackwell ordered Darling to place his hands behind him, Darling resisted. Deputy Blackwell and Lt. Brumfield attempted to gain control of Darling but were unable to and he was subsequently tased. Undeterred, Darling continued to resist and was tased a second time. At this point Darling was handcuffed and moved to the backseat of Deputy Blackwell’s patrol vehicle.
Deputy Blackwell received minor injuries as a result of the physical struggle with Darling. As Deputy Blackwell and Lt. Brumfield secured the scene another WPSO Deputy arrived wherein he observed Darling, while in the backseat of the patrol vehicle, had been able to maneuver his arms from behind his back to the front of his body. Deputy Blackwell and Sgt. Cupp ordered Darling to exit the vehicle so they could reposition his handcuffs. Again Darling refused the deputies order. As Darling was being removed from the backseat he lunged at Deputy Blackwell and head butted him on the left side of his nose/face causing an immediate blood flow to pour out of his nose. Sgt. Cupp was then able to reposition the handcuffs and put the subject back into the patrol vehicle.
Darling was then transported to the WPSO Jail for booking procedure. Upon arrival, Warden Miller and Corrections Officer Smith were waiting to help escort Darling inside the jail. As Darling was being escorted into the jail he continued to resist and began spitting in the deputies face.
Darling was arrested for 3 counts of resisting a police officer with force/violence; 2 counts of simple battery; 2 counts of simple escape; one count of theft of $750.00 or less and one count of unauthorized entry of a place of business.
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal said “I appreciate the fine work of our deputies in taking this thief into custody. I am happy that our deputy only received minor injuries but it could have been much worse. I also want to thank the citizen who reported the suspicious activity. If you see something, say something.