On April 13, 2014 the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office with assistance from the Walnut Ridge Police Department arrested James Ferrell, age 27 of Walnut Ridge on charges of terroristic threatening, obstruction of governmental operation, driving on suspended, DWI, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a minor.
The arrest came after the Lawrence County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a residence on County Road 620 of a drunken man trying to force his way into the residence. The man left and the resident was able to give a good description of the vehicle. Deputies responded to the area looking for the vehicle. A Walnut Ridge patrolman saw a vehicle matching the description and went on to confirm that this was the vehicle in question. A deputy and the patrolman pulled over the vehicle.
The driver, Ferrell was highly intoxicated and agitated , he began cursing the officers as they spoke with him. Inside the vehicle was Ferrellâ€™s wife, young child and a pit bull dog. The dog was aggressive towards the officers and the officers asked Ferrell to restrain his dog. While officers were asking Ferrell to restrain his dog, Ferrell pulled a black handgun from the console of his vehicle. Officers pulled their weapons and ordered Ferrell to drop the weapon. Ferrell dropped the weapon and officers removed him from the vehicle. Outside the vehicle Ferrell became combative and resisted arrest. Officers discovered the handgun was in fact a BB gun.
Ferrell was arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail to await a bond hearing.