Several bystanders help Ardmore officers arrest a man Sunday evening

Published: Jan. 6, 2020 at 6:23 PM CST
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Police needed help from some bystanders to make an arrest outside a Burger King in Ardmore and it was all caught on camera.

Ardmore police were called near the intersection of 12th Avenue and North Commerce Street for a suspicious person Sunday evening.

That is where they tried to get 28-year-old Nicholi John Wallace out of the road.

Dash camera footage provided by Ardmore police show the officers struggling to get Wallace to safety.

"We're here gonna help you out bro," one officer said. "No, y'all aint," Wallace said.

In the video, you can hear officers speculating that Wallace was high on drugs.

Additional officers and civilians came to help but Wallace refused to give himself up and kept breaking free.

The video shows the bystanders grabbing Wallace's legs or laying on him to keep him from moving.

"Mr. Wallace, look, calm down," one officer said in the video. "Let them handcuff you, dude. Let them handcuff you."

The officers and bystanders were able to get enough bodies on Wallace so he couldn't move.

Capt. Eric Hamblin with Ardmore police said the struggle lasted about five minutes before officers got him in handcuffs.

"That's a long time to be fighting with somebody," Hamblin said. "We're just appreciative of the civilians that came to the assistance of the officers."

Wallace was taken to the hospital for arm pain and later taken to the Carter County jail.

He faces charges of resisting an officer and public intoxication.

Court records show Wallace will make an initial appearance in court on Tuesday.

"We appreciate the citizens' help," Hamblin said. "Any time they see an officer involved in a struggle, they should help if they so desire. If the officers asks for help, they need to help."

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