Driver, passenger assault sheriff's deputy during DUI arrest

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The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. -- On January 3, 2009, a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a silver Ford F-150 truck for a red light violation on Bradshaw Mountain Road and Highway 69. The deputy contacted the driver, 23-year-old Olin Beecher, from Peach Springs, regarding the violation. The truck contained a passenger, 22-year-old Daniel Powskey, who is also from Peach Springs. During his conversation with the driver, the deputy could detect the odor of alcohol inside the truck's cab and observed a 6-pack of beer in plain sight on the floorboard. Both parties admitted to drinking.

The two occupants were asked to exit the vehicle and the deputy began a field sobriety investigation involving the driver, Beecher. During the field sobriety tests, Powskey became distraction by taunting the deputy and throwing rocks into the roadway. After an assisting deputy arrived, and due to officer safety concerns, Powskey was handcuffed. Powskey then began a tirade of expletives and threats towards deputies as he was placed in a patrol vehicle. He also kicked and attempted to spit on the same deputies and was now charged for assaulting a peace officer.

A search of the Ford truck revealed open containers of rum and gin. Deputies also found a marijuana cigarette in a bag near the passenger seat. Beecher was placed under arrest for DUI and open container violations. After being placed in a patrol vehicle, Beecher began kicking the windows and complaining of medical problems. EMS was called to the scene and cleared Beecher for booking. While placing him back in the patrol vehicle, he kicked the arresting deputy. During the ride to the Prescott Detention Center, Beecher remained upset as he attempted to shatter windows in the patrol vehicle.

Beecher was booked for Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Open Container and DUI. Powskey was also booked at the Prescott Detention Center for Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, Open Container and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Both remain in-custody, each with a $10,000 bond.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: