WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A deputy with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office who was arrested over the weekend accused of public intoxication and resisting arrest has been fired.
Deputy Jack Danford, 42, was arrested on Saturday, March 3 at Oakwood BBQ located at 307 East Braker Ln. According to an arrest affidavit, Austin police were called to the restaurant because Danford was causing a disturbance on the back patio. When the officer arrived, Danford was sitting on the ground with his legs stretched out in front of him.
The officer reported smelling a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Danford, according to the arrest affidavit. When asked what was going on, Danford said he had been drugged. “His speech was slurred, mumbled and difficult to understand,” according to the affidavit.
As the officers handcuffed Danford and seated him on a bench, he was unable to say his name or any other information. An officer reached into Danford’s back pocket to get his wallet but the suspect grabbed his wrist and when the officer tried to pull away, the suspect “proceeded to squeeze a tight grip” around his wrist, court documents continued. When the suspect refused to let go, the two fell to the ground.
The officer indicated the suspect was trying to pull away from their grip and was not compliant. The officer said he punched Danford several times in his back in an attempt to break free, but that didn’t work. A second officer came over and used a baton to get him to let go.
Danford was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released from the Travis County Jail on March 5.
The deputy, who has been with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office since 2005, was originally placed on administrative leave after the incident but has since been fired.
Sheriff Robert Chody said he holds his deputies accountable, adding, “A reflection in a negative mark like that marks us all, and I regret that that’s the case at least right now. But when you talk about charges of resisting arrest, that’s a big deal, that’s not something you sweep under the rug.”