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Monday, October 26, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Chase Franklin arrived at the Pilot Fuel Stop due to a combative subject being physical with Pilot Employees.
Arriving on scene, Officer Franklin observed the suspect walking in the roadway at the intersection of Redbud Lane and Highway 69. The Officer attempted to stop the man, telling him to walk over to the side of the intersection.
The suspect, identified as Joseph Michael Sullivan, 47, of Plantersville, Texas, stuck his head in the window of the unit and said, “(omitted) off!”
Officer Franklin exited the patrol car and again told Sullivan to walk over to the side off the road. He yelled, “(omitted) off,” at the officer again.
The suspect was advised he was under arrest for disobeying a lawful order.
Sullivan attempted to pull his arm away from the officer, and clenched his fist in a threatening stance. Officer Franklin grabbed his right arm and placed Sullivan up against the patrol unit.
He continued to resist, shouting obscenities at the officer. Sullivan continued to resist, attempting to pull away, and poster up at Officer Franklin.
Officer Taylor Wood arrived on scene to assist apprehending Sullivan.
The suspect was placed on the ground, and the officers were able to get handcuffs on him.
During the scuffle, Sullivan received a small superficial laceration to his head, and small lacerations to his left eye and cheek. Atoka County EMS were dispatched to the scene to tend to any wounds Sullivan may have.
After he was cleared, Sullivan was then placed in the rear seat of the patrol unit while Officer Franklin spoke with the Pilot Employees.
Pilot employees stated that Sullivan was sitting at table inside the store when he began raising his voice and cussing at one of the employees.
Another employee intervened while Sullivan was asked to quiet down. The suspect continued to yell and cuss at the employee. Sullivan then attempted to spit on a female Pilot employee.
They continued to ask Sullivan to leave. He picked up his stuff, and started to walk out the door, but not before attempting to spit on the woman again.
Sullivan had been asking customers for money, before being asked by employees to leave.
He was transported to the Atoka County Jail for threats of acts of violence, transferring bodily fluids, disobey lawful order, resisting arrest, pedestrian in roadway, disorderly conduct, and use of vulgar language. Sullivan is charged with assault and battery (misdemeanor).