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MS police arrest man for battery

Thursday, September 23, 2004

A domestic dispute between a Thayer man and his estranged wife led to an altercation with law enforcement officials Sept. 11 at a trailer park in Mammoth Spring.

Joseph Ray Sacra, 25, has been charged with battery in the second degree, a class D felony; criminal mischief in the first degree, a class C felony; aggravated assault on a family member, a class D felony; and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor.

Mammoth Spring police officer Jamie Turnbough said he received a call at 12:15 a.m. that a man was beating his wife.

Turnbough said when he arrived at the trailer, Sacra started yelling and cussing at him.

He said an intoxicated Sacra got into a football stance in the middle of the yard and said, "Come and get me. I'll ----ing kill you."

Turnbough said he pepper sprayed Sacra after Sacra charged at him. While the two were struggling on the ground, Turnbough said he hit Sacra three times in the leg with his baton.

Sacra got up and ran down the street. By this time reserve police officer Shannon Wood arrived and he and Turnbough chased Sacra down 7th Street.

Officers from the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and Thayer police arrived to assist Turnbough and Wood.

During the chase, Sacra allegedly told police to shoot him, then picked up a rock and threatened to throw it at one of the officers.Sacra was eventually subdued by Wood, Turnbough, Thayer police officer Norman Todd and Fulton County deputy Carroll Traw.

Traw said the ordeal was exhausting. "He's a big old dude," Traw said of Sacra.

Sacra is being held at the Fulton County jail. His bond has been set at $20,000. He is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Oct. 4.

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