Police: Clarendon man tries to grab officer’s gun during arrest
By Darren Marcy
Staff Writer | September 17,2013
CLARENDON — A Clarendon man who two Rutland County Sheriff’s Department deputies were trying to take into custody on suspicion of drunken driving Saturday night tried to grab a gun out of the holster of one of the deputies while they wrestled on the side of Airport Road, according to court records.
Samson L. Peer, 35, of Clarendon, pleaded innocent Monday in Rutland criminal court to three charges related to the incident.
Peer is charged with a third or subsequent DUI, operating on a suspended license third offense for DUI and resisting arrest.
Judge Theresa DiMauro released Peer on an unsecured bond of $5,000 with conditions.
According to an affidavit, Deputy Michael Tarbell stopped Peer for motor vehicle violations just before 10 p.m. Deputy Milicia Lynds arrived and administered field sobriety tests on Peer.
After having difficulty with several tests, a preliminary breath test returned a blood-alcohol content of 0.116, the affidavit said.
When Tarbell told Peer of the result of the test, Peer bolted, according to the affidavit.
Tarbell and Lynds gave chase, the affidavit said, and Tarbell was able to knock Peer off his feet and the two fell to the ground and Lynds got on Peer’s legs as the trio wrestled on the side of the road.
According to the affidavit, Peer told the officers, “I’ll fight you (expletive), you’re not taking me in.”
As the officers struggled to get Peer into handcuffs, at one point during the struggle, Peer grabbed the grip of Tarbell’s duty weapon in its holster. Tarbell was able to retain control of the firearm and the two officers gained control of Peer’s arms and got him in cuffs, according to the affidavit.
Lynds said that as she stood near Peer while Tarbell secured the scene, Peer said, “I’m sorry I ran, I was scared, I’m sorry. What I did was wrong, I was afraid to go back to jail and I won’t give you any more trouble.”
A second evidentiary breath test conducted about an hour and a half later resulted in a BAC of 0.118.
During the arraignment, his family, community ties and employment were cited as reasons to not require bail.