MPD Assault-07-21-16On July 17, Mesquite Police Officers were called regarding an alleged drunk driver in the area of Mesa Blvd in Mesquite. The suspect driver was observed by citizens crashing his vehicle into a tree and a sign, causing significant property damage. A short time later Mesquite Officers located the suspect, at which time the suspect fled from the officers on foot.

An officer was able to locate and stop the suspect and while attempting to take him into custody, the suspect assaulted the officer. The suspect was partially handcuffed and was able to strike the officer multiple times in the head with the officer’s handcuffs. The suspect was also able to bite the officer on the arm.

Once the suspect was safely transported to the Mesquite Detention Center, the suspect again assaulted a corrections officer, striking the officer multiple times before the officer was able to control the suspect.

Thomas Collins, 48, of Mesquite, NV, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of battery with a deadly weapon, one felony count of resisting a police officer with a deadly weapon, one felony count of battery by a prisoner, one misdemeanor count of battery on a Police Officer, one misdemeanor count of duty upon damaging unattended property, and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer.

Due to the felony charges, Collins was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, NV.