Temple: Officer’s actions reviewed after arrest of autistic resident

Temple police are reviewing the actions of an officer who pulled a man with special needs out of a roadway, took him to the ground in a grassy area and then arrested him for evading arrest Tuesday night. (File)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Temple police are reviewing the actions of an officer who pulled an autistic man out of a roadway, took him to the ground in a grassy area and then arrested him for evading arrest Tuesday night.

Officer Jacob Perkins responded to a report of a man who was walking in and out of traffic, acting erratically, flailing his arms and yelling at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of South 31st Street and Southwest HK Dodgen Loop, police spokesman Cody Weems said in a press release Wednesday.

The woman who reported the incident said the man, whom Weems identified Wednesday as Sergei Hall, 30, “walked in front of her car and stopped, causing her to brake abruptly to avoid hitting him,” Weems said.

Perkins found Hall at the intersection of South 31st and a private driveway in front of the Temple Mall, but Hall walked away from him and back into the roadway, he said.

“Officer Perkins was concerned Hall would also be struck by a vehicle,” Weems said, so he “pulled him out of the roadway, took him to the ground in a nearby grassy area, and arrested Hall for evading.”

Hall was taken to the Bell County Jail, Weems said.

The Temple Police Department, which has “policies in place specifically addressing officer interactions with people who have special needs,” Weems said, “is currently reviewing the actions taken by Officer Perkins, who joined the department in 2019, as well as any other personnel involved in the decision to charge Hall.”