Felony charges were filed Tuesday against an Arkadelphia man accused of threatening a police officer after he was arrested for public intoxication.


Felony charges were filed Tuesday against an Arkadelphia man accused of threatening a police officer after he was arrested for public intoxication.
John Diego Scott Jr., 47, of 401 N. 13th St., was arrested at his residence on Aug. 31 for public intoxication. As he was being booked into the Clark County Detention Center, he allegedly threatened to kill the arresting officer.
According to an affidavit on file at the Clark County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Arkadelphia police were dispatched to Scott’s residence at the request of a relative who wished him to leave the property. Upon arrival, officers learned that Scott had earlier been near the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, where college students reported Scott had “approached a vehicle with a handsaw.”
The driver and passengers exited the vehicle, disarmed Scott and walked him to his home, where they awaited police arrival.
When officers arrived, they “observed that [he] was intoxicated” and arrested him for public intoxication.
Cpl. James Shearin transported Scott to the jail, but while there Scott allegedly became belligerent and threatened the officer, saying to Shearing that “I will kill you, white boy” and “I will blow you away,” according to the affidavit. The statements were reportedly made in front of jail staff.
Scott remained in custody Wednesday morning for charges of terroristic threatening. Prosecuting Attorney Blake Batson is pursuing additional prison time given Scott’s status as a habitual offender.