POLICE BLOTTER: Man tangles with bouncers, deputies and an alleged battery

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Lawmen say a drunken man who fought with bouncers at a nightspot tried the same thing with them and ended up in jail. On April 7 the man, 24-year-old Leland Daniel Jones of Destin, tried to fight somebody inside Nightown and was asked to leave. He refused and had to be escorted out of the club, according to an arrest report by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Along the way he tried to fight with the bouncers who were removing him. When asked to leave the property, Jones reportedly yelled, “F--- you!” and continued to shout obscenities. Two deputies tried to calm him, but Jones tensed up and refused to listen to anything they said, the report indicated. He was taken to the ground where he repeatedly kicked the deputies until he was handcuffed. When he was put in the back of a cruiser he kicked and spit on deputies, according to the report. Jones was charged with battery on an officer or firefighter, and disorderly intoxication. His court date is May 14.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man after he grabbed his ex-girlfriend by the throat and told her and her dog to get out of his house, according to an arrest report. On April 7 dispatch notified a deputy to verify a 911 call from a hysterical woman who said she couldn’t breathe. She said she was at a Gulf Shore Drive residence, but then hung up. When they called her back, she said she was going to an Airport Road residence. Deputies went to the Gulf Shore Drive residence but found nobody, so they went to the Airport Road address and located the woman. They noted she was visibly upset and crying, and had red marks on her neck, a cut on her chin, and a red mark above her left eyebrow. She said she’d been at her ex-boyfriend’s house on Gulf Shore Drive when he became enraged after a poker game and screamed at everyone to get out. Her ex-boyfriend was identified as 41-year-old Todd Rodney Johnston of Destin. She said he screamed profanities at her and told her to get her dog and leave. While she tried to get her dog, she said, he started hitting her in the head, and grabbed her by the throat. Johnston told lawmen that after the game, he told everyone to leave. He said his ex-girlfriend was very drunk so he got her, her belongings and her dog, and put them outside on the balcony. He says he never touched her. A witness said Johnston got into an argument with another person and told everyone to leave. He allegedly told his ex-girlfriend to get her dog and “fat ass” out of his house. He was outside and didn’t witness any kind of physical confrontation between the two. A records check showed Johnston had a prior battery conviction in Lynn Haven. He was charged with battery with a prior conviction, a felony. His court date is May 14.