Police: Two sets of handcuffs needed
DALLAS -- The Richardson Police Department is requesting a ruling from the Attorney General's office to withhold all but basic information related to the Sunday arrest of Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Ronald "Popeye" Jones, who suffered facial injuries while struggling with officers.
The police department has not released video of the arrest, as requested by ESPNDallas.com and other media outlets.
Jones was arrested for driving while intoxicated after five witnesses called police to report that he was erratically driving his gray/blue GMC Yukon. According to an incident report released Thursday, Jones was arrested in the parking lot of a gas station at 100 South Greenville Avenue, where he suffered facial injuries after resisting arrest.
The incident report states that Jones resisted when officers attempted to handcuff him, attempting to pull his arms toward the front of his body. After failing to comply with officers' instructions, Jones was taken to the ground, according to the report.
"Officers were finally able to handcuff Jones using two sets of handcuffs," the report read. "Even while handcuffed Jones attempted to grab at Officer Marshall's leg. While taking Jones into custody he received several scrapes from the concrete to his face."
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Jones, whose NBA career included two stints with the Mavericks, has not returned to work since the incident.
"We do our best to treat all of our employees, regardless of whether they are in the public eye or not, exactly the same," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said via e-mail. "We will work privately with the individual and never comment publicly."
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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