Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

October 11, 2007

Former Danville police officer arrested

By Wade Coggeshall

DANVILLE — A former police officer here is in trouble with the law again.

The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the police department here, arrested Robert Cole, 38, early Thursday morning on charges of battery on a police officer and three counts of resisting law enforcement.

According to a probable cause affidavit from the sheriff’s department, Danville Police were dispatched to Cole’s residence about 3 a.m. Thursday after Cole’s wife reported he was refusing to let her leave the home. The report indicates both parties were intoxicated at the time.

Sheriff’s deputies responded after Danville officers requested backup. They say Cole answered his front door when officers arrived and said everything was OK. The report says he refused to allow any officers in the house, though, to check on his wife, telling them they would have to get a warrant.

In his report, Cpl. Kell Miles said when he approached the front door to enter, Cole pushed against his abdomen with the back side of his right hand. Miles said he grabbed Cole’s right hand to take him into custody, and Cole tried to pull away. At that point, Miles said he pulled out his TASER and ordered Cole to place his hands behind his back, at which point another officer handcuffed Cole.

Miles reports that Cole continued to be combative while officers waited on a transport vehicle to take him to jail. After a jail van arrived, Miles said Cole refused to get in, eliciting a physical struggle that involved several officers carrying Cole to the van. Once inside the van, Miles said Cole continued to fight with officers.

After arriving at the jail, Cole was transported to Hendricks Regional Hospital’s emergency room after complaining of shoulder pain. He was treated and released.

Miles reports that he and two other officials suffered abrasions during the arrest.

While an officer with the Danville Police Department, Cole was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested him May 19 in his patrol car after they received several calls about an erratic driver in a Danville Police patrol vehicle driving in Lebanon.

Danville Police Chief Keith Gill placed Cole on administrative leave following the May arrest. He said Cole resigned from the department in August.

“I don’t want to sound cold and harsh like we’re not concerned with him anymore, but to us now he’s just another person who got arrested,” Gill said Thursday.