Cruisin’ visitor accused of punching Biloxi officer
BILOXI -- Biloxi police used a Taser on a Florence man Saturday night after he took a swing at the officer and tried to elbow him in the groin after a stop on U.S. 90 eastbound, police confirmed Sunday.
Roy Welford Neely, 47, was arrested on charges of first-offense DUI, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and simple assault on a law enforcement officer, which is a felony charge in the state.
According to witnesses, Neely was in town for Cruisin' The Coast.
Neely was standing behind a silver Corvette he had been driving prior to the stop and was not in handcuffs when the arresting officer went to take him into custody on suspicion of DUI.
"When the officer went to arrest him ... he decided he wanted to fight with the officer and that resulted in him being Tased," Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said.
Neely, Dobbs said, "swung at the officer and elbowed him in the groin," when the officer tried to make the arrest.
At least three Biloxi police officers and one Harrison County sheriff's patrol unit responded to the scene on U.S. 90 at St. John Avenue. Neely was initially stopped for careless driving, Dobbs said, after he did a "burn out" on the road.
"We worry about the potential of people burning out, running into traffic and running into a bunch of people," Dobbs said. "It also tears up the road. It just blows my mind when other cities allow it. We have zero tolerance for it."
Once the alleged assault occurred, a Taser was used. Neely hit the pavement face-first and one of his shoes flew off and was in the road.
A woman was also in the vehicle with Neely at the time of the stop, but she was not taken into custody. She was not allowed to drive the car from the scene.
The arrest occurred around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police obtained a search warrant to draw Neely's blood to test for alcohol and drugs.
In addition, Neely received medical treatment for his injuries at Merit Health in Biloxi where he also submitted to a blood test because of a police search warrant.
Neely was booked into the Harrison County jail at 11:43 p.m. Saturday, the Harrison County jail docket says.
Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain set Neely's total bond at $27,319.
Neely bonded out of jail at 6:46 a.m. Sunday, the docket says.
Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said he has "faith the arrest was made properly and in accordance with (department) policy."
Biloxi police, with 93 Tasers total, pulled them out 50 times last year, though they only discharged them 25 times.