LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas—A Liberty County inmate attacked jail personnel with pepper spray after they asked him to end a personal phone call Sunday, investigators with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said.
The inmate, Michael Glenn Jr., was arrested on January 22, 2012, in connection with a burglary.
Deputies were actively searching for him that day when they spotted him driving a car.
While they were following him, Glenn crashed the car into a building.
When the two deputies tried to remove Glenn from the vehicle, they said he was combative and actually set the car on fire.
The deputies continued to struggle with Glenn after pulling him from the car, and one of the deputies used pepper spray in a bid to subdue the suspect.
It didn’t work.
But with the help of a few good Samaritans, the deputies were eventually able to get control of Glenn and take him to jail.
Both deputies suffered minor injuries in the struggle.
Investigators said Glenn was placed in a detox cell to await booking when he arrived at the jail.
After he calmed down, he asked if he could make a phone call.
Jailers agreed, but when they asked him to end the call after a few minutes, they said he became enraged and belligerent.
Additional jail personnel were called to the booking area, and Glenn calmed down and started to walk back to his cell.
But before he got there, jailers said Glenn abruptly turned around, grabbed pepper spray from one of the jail supervisors and deployed it.
After a lengthy struggle, Glenn was subdued and locked back up.
Glenn and several jail employees suffered minor injuries and irritation from the pepper spray.
Investigators said Glenn is now facing several criminal charges, including disarming a public servant and assault on a public servant.
He was being held in the Liberty County Jail Thursday without bond.
Deputies said Glenn has a lengthy criminal history with prior arrests for burglary, aggravated assault, theft and evading arrest.