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Fight leads to man’s arrest

by Minden Press-Herald


A physical altercation at a Minden business led to the arrest of a Minden man.

Rex David Taylor, 49, of the 800 block of Brackin Street, was arrested Tuesday, July 14, and charged with simple battery, disturbing the peace and resisting an officer with force or violence.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Officers First Class Clint Smith and Shawn Jenkins and Sgt. Chris McClaran responded to Steve’s Muffler on the corner of Lewsiville Road and Chandler Street in reference to a fight among several subjects.

“(Taylor’s) wife had called the shop and told Steve (Nutt) that he was drunk and that he was coming up there to get his truck,” Cropper said. “She told him not to let him have it because he’d had way, way too much to drink.”

When officers arrived, reports say, two subjects were on the ground engaged in a physical altercation. The two men were split up, and after a preliminary investigation, officers learned Taylor had come to Steve’s Muffler Shop and started the altercation. He kicked and punched one of the employees, according to reports.

Cropper says officers detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from his person, and additional observation showed his balance was unsteady and his eyes appeared to bloodshot and glassy.

Taylor was placed under arrest and taken to the Minden Police Department.

The felony charge is the resisting, which Cropper says occurred at the police station once Taylor had been arrested.

“They had him shackled and once they tried to put him into (a holding cell) he got (physical),” he said.

Once he was subdued and paperwork was complete, he was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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