WHITE CO. – A Maunie man was arrested late Saturday afternoon in White County for domestic battery after allegedly getting into an incident with his father.
According to a press release from the White County’s Sheriff’s Office, 62-year-old David Allen Vessels of Maunie told a responding officer that his son, 30-year-old Eric D. Vessels, hit him in the head with the front door of their home at 268 Morgan St. and drove away in his father’s car. David Vessels said he did not give his son permission to drive the car because Eric did not have a valid driver’s license at the time. David Vessels signed a complaint for domestic battery.
A short time later, dispatch informed the officer looking for Eric Vessels that he had returned home and was on foot northbound on Morgan Street. He was found at the corner of Morgan and Pumphrey streets with the keys to his dad’s car in hand and was told to drop them. Eric Vessels told the officer arresting him he didn’t hit his father and that his father had ran him over with a car that morning. The officer told Eric Vessels that he would be given a statement form to write out but was still going to jail for domestic battery on his father.
Eric Vessels became combative and resisted arrest at this time. The officer used a reasonable amount of force to place Eric in handcuffs and was sat on the ground by the officer’s patrol vehicle. After Eric Vessels calmed down, he told the officer he was ready to go and was placed in the vehicle.
Eric Vessels was taken to the White County Jail for booking and was turned over to the custody of White County Jail Corrections officers.