Officer injured in fight outside bar

Published 9:55 am Friday, March 25, 2016

Mocksville police investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened as 4 Oaks Tavern closed early morning on March 18.

They do know that one officer suffered a broken wrist, and a local man was arrested – obviously after being in a fight with officers.

Det. Lt. Pat Reagan said that Officer Shaun M. Greene noticed people downtown near the tavern sometime after 2 a.m.

He went to investigate, and talked to Casey Dale James, 42, of Yadkinville Road.

That’s when details become sketchy, Reagan said, as Greene was trying to ascertain if James was too intoxicated to drive.

At some point, a fight ensued. Other officers arrived.

James, beaten about the head, refused treatment on the scene from Davie EMS. Greene was later taken to the hospital where it was determined he had suffered a broken bone in the hand/wrist area, Reagan said.

He said the officers had obtained statements from two witnesses, but wouldn’t release details because the investigation is ongoing.

According to a report on the incident filed by Greene: “Force was used (to) complete the arrest due to James’ aggressive/combative behavior and resisting. He was impaired at the time.”

James was charged with assault on a government official, resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer, and being intoxicated and disruptive. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $1,500 bond, pending an April 7 appearance in Davie District Court.

One other person was arrested as they left the scene, said Davie Sheriff’s Chief J.D. Hartman. Jeffrey Wilson, 38, of Arnold Palmer Drive, Advance, was charged with DWI and operating a vehicle with an expired vehicle registration. Hartman said others at the scene had urged Wilson not to get in his car to drive away.