Woodward peeper carries brass knuckles, bear spray in affray

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Michael Lawrence Powell, 38, of Woodward was arrested Sunday on charges of interference with official acts-serious bodily injury, carrying weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Woodward man was arrested Sunday afternoon but not before law enforcement officers overcame his significant resistance.

Michael Lawrence Powell, 38, of 201 E. Second St., Woodward, was charged with interference with official acts-serious bodily injury, carrying weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident began about 1 pm. Sunday, according to court records, when officers located Powell “on his neighbor’s front porch, looking into their window” in the 200 block of E. Second Street.

When Powell saw the officers approaching, he “took off running towards his house.” He disregarded the officers’ orders to stop but ran away while “attempting to spray a Woodward officer with Bear Spray,” according to court records

The officers eventually made contact with Powell, who “continued to resist,”  and the officers “had to assist Powell to the floor due to his resisting. Once on the floor Powell, continued to fight with officers.”

At length Powell was securely detained in handcuffs, and the officers found “brass knuckles in his front right pocket” and “a used glass pipe with a white substance in it” in his pants pocket, according to court records.

Powell continued to threaten the arresting officers, their families and later the Dallas County Jail staff.

Powell is held at the Dallas County Jail in advance of a Jan. 16 preliminary hearing in Dallas County District Court.

Powell was previously convicted of third-degree harassment in 2017 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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