Man charged with criminal mischief






The Jacksonville Police Department arrested a man Monday on a felony charge of criminal mischief, according to an arrest report. Benjamin Cody McDaniel, 29 of Jacksonville, was officially arrested around 12:52 a.m. Monday at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility, according to the report. But the police narrative in the report begins at Saturday around 3:02 a.m. when an officer responded to 1628 Pinion Ln., an address located in a trailer park, about a “combative subject” who was resisting other officers. According to the officer, when he arrived he found McDaniel in handcuffs outside, resisting police commands and “acting aggressive, yelling and being disorderly.” The officer and three others were able to place McDaniel in the back of the responding officer’s car. He then took McDaniel to Unity Health Hospital to be treated for a head injury. The officer reported that McDaniel continued to be combative and that two of the officers who had been at Pinion Lane met him at the hospital to help. After McDaniel had been medically evaluated, the officers went to put him back in the police car. McDaniel continued to be disruptive, kicking the car behind the driver side rear door and denting it. According to online court documents, McDaniel was arraigned Monday in Jacksonville District Court. In addition to the felony charge, McDaniel was also charged with misdemeanors of assault in the third degree of a family or household member, obstructing government operations, disorderly conduct, second degree terroristic threatening and resisting arrest. Monday night he was listed on the jail roster with a $2,500 bond. According to the arrest report, his next court date is Jan. 11. McDaniel has 10 other previous cases under his name according to online records. Most recently, he was arraigned on Nov. 8 in the Jacksonville District Court on felony charges of illegal possession of a gun and possession of a defaced firearm, in addition to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. McDaniel pleaded not guilty to all three charges.