Tuesday began like any other day for a Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Beau Ryun, but things quickly escalated during a traffic stop on Interstate 70. What happened next has the driver facing assault charges and the trooper praising civilians for helping him.
Trooper Ryun said his portable radio quit working as he fought to arrest 22-year-old Johnathan Timmons. The radio malfunction left him unable to contact dispatchers at headquarters in Lee's Summit to let them know he needed help.
“That guy was just fighting and screaming, fighting and screaming, he just kept resisting, kept resisting, kept resisting,” said Charles Barney, a good Samaritan who along with an unidentified woman helped Trooper Ryun.
“I noticed the cop's arms were just shaking, so he needed to call for backup, so I got on the mic, and told them I was helping this officer, he needed help ASAP,” Barney said.
Barney said he did what he could.
“I finally just grabbed his [Timmons] arm and bent it back over his head, and I told him, I said man, if you don`t stop, I`ll break it,” added Barney.
Timmons faces second degree assault, attempt to disarm a law enforcement officer, third degree assault, felony resisting, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.