A De Queen man was charged with public intoxication and breathing, inhaling or drinking certain intoxicating compounds, after a complaint was made about a Hispanic man “acting strangely.” 

De Queen police were dispatched to an apartment at 606 S. 4th Street on Friday, May 11 at 10:39 p.m. According to police, Sgt. Wayne Baker, Pfc. Jimmy Kight, Pfc. JJ Lopez and reserve deputy Michael Barnes observed the man later identified as Douglas Melendez, beating his hands on the open screen door of apartment #2 while the front door was wide open. 

“As I approached I noticed that Melendez had his shirt pulled up covering his entire head, was laughing hysterically and mumbling incoherently and also appeared to have an aerosol can to his face,” Baker wrote in his report. “I spoke to Melendez for approximately 30 seconds before anything that he said could be understood.”

Baker said that Melendez did comply when directed to drop the can and place his hands behind his back. Kight took Melendez into custody without incident and Baker transported him to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department where he was processed and jailed for the offenses of public intoxication and inhaling a compound.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.