Reported disturbance ends in arrest

A reported disturbance Wednesday night on Ussery Road resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly struggled with a sheriff’s deputy and Redfield police officer and is accused of kicking the Redfield officer in the face.

Steve Phillips, 54, also allegedly used his daughter, who was described in a probable-cause affidavit as “having special needs” as a shield, placing the girl in front of himself when the sheriff’s deputy drew his taser.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the deputy was sent to Ussery Road after a caller reported that Phillips was “out of control” and yelling at people.

Sheriff’s Investigator Kaleisha Wise said in the affidavit that Phillips threatened Deputy Larry Aldridge and struggled with Aldridge and Redfield Police Sgt. Donald Tucker, who went to assist Aldridge.

Kizer said that when Phillips was put into a police car, he began kicking the doors and windows, and when Tucker and Aldridge attempted to restrain him, Phillips allegedly kicked Tucker in the face. After a taser was deployed on Phillips, he was restrained and taken to the adult detention center.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Phillips after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree battery and with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Phillips, who Kizer said has a long criminal history and “had been to prison a couple of times.”