Man Charged With Attempt To Break Into Jail

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Justin Coats, 25, is accused of trying to kick the door of the Benton County Jail repeatedly, just to get in inside. Now, he stands charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and it was all caught on tape. Who fights to get into jail? The answer to that question, according to deputies, is a Camden man by the name of Justin Coats. Lional Chaloux, a resident, says, “I thought that was the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard of.” The video from the jail shows Coats pounding and then mule-kicking the door to the jail repeatedly. Officers say after fifteen minutes of cussing about probation and the courthouse, he still would not go home. He wanted to be let inside and would not take no for an answer. Benton County Sheriff, Tony King, says, “His actions and his temperament were pretty violent. He wasn’t compliant to the officers directions.” Not complying eventually got him tased and then charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Sheriff King says he would like to say this is the first time Coats has tried this, but it is not. About a month ago, it was the same scene. Chaloux, adds, “Usually you break out of jail, you don’t break in.” What surprised officers even more is this, when Coats finally made it in, not on his own free will, he bonded out within hours. Now, there were a lot of tears, they say, but still not a clear reason as to why this all happened. Sheriff King, adds, “The only tip I’ve got for him is if you want in, just knock, don’t try to knock the door down, we’ll be glad to let you in.” Coats is currently free on a $1,000 bond. This is the fifteenth arrest in the last six years, four of those charges were for public intoxication.

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