June 06 about 11:59 p.m. Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter was heading to the Sheriff’s Office to clean up after helping a stranded motorist near Mooresville when our deputy witnessed a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Cherry Street. Deputy Leadbetter attempted to stop that vehicle when the driver allegedly attempted to evade his efforts but finally stopped in a dark parking lot.
Deputy Leadbetter noted the car was literally shaking from all the movement inside the vehicle and the driver began yelling/cursing the deputy when attempting to explain the reason for the stop. The alleged intoxicated suspect would not comply with commands or attempts to calm the subject down. As the deputy was making the custodial arrest the suspect allegedly attempted to head butt the deputy and get away from being handcuffed but was unsuccessful.
Michael James Terry Jr., 27, Lebanon, MO was arrested for alleged DWI, Driving while Suspended/Revoked, Resisting Arrest, and Driving Wrong Direction on Roadway. Mr. Terry was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail and remains in custody on a Livingston County arrest warrant for the alleged DWI and Resisting Arrest.
This incident appears to have been completed with a minimal amount of force required to complete the arrest. The deputy would have been justified with the deployment of pepper spray or Taser but was able to safely complete the arrest without additional need for these tools.
Prior to being turned over to the jail the suspect is reported to have Thanked Deputy Leadbetter for the manner he handled the situation.