Bossier City man shows fighting side to MPD officers

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police have arrested a Bossier City man who allegedly showed his belligerent side at a local emergency care facility.

Ashton Lane Mangham, 18, of the 700 block of Dumaine Lane, Bossier City, was charged with disturbing the peace and 4 felony counts of resisting an officer by force.

Minden Police Chief Jared McIver said officers Ben Sparks and Logan Clingan were dispatched to the Homer Road care center around 10:30 a.m. Friday in reference to a disturbance.

“The officers arrived prior to Sgt. Shawn Griffith and Off. Cadyn O’Connor,” said the chief. “When they arrived, they made contact with two electricians from a local company. They brought Mangham to the clinic for drug testing, due to bizarre behavior on his part.”

Officers reported that Mangham refused to submit to testing and was asked to leave when he became belligerent.

“As officers were arresting Mangham for disturbing the peace, they located a THC vape pen in his pants pocket,” McIver said. “Once he was handcuffed, Mangham began actively violent, resisting with force. While attempting to carry and secure him in a patrol unit, Mangham began kicking and spitting at officers, causing him to lose balance and fall to the ground.”

During the fight, Off. Sparks reportedly received injuries to two of his fingers, then fell to the ground, striking his head. Off. O’Connor reportedly sustained injuries to his left arm.

“Even after arriving at the police department, Mangham continued to fight with officers in his cell,” said the chief. “Because of his erratic behavior and a white foamy substance accumulating around his mouth, we dispatched a local emergency medical service to check him out.”

Mangham was transported to Minden Medical Center. He was reportedly cleared and taken to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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