911 call leads to battery arrest

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Taylorsville man after he was accused of being intoxicated and threatening to hurt two young relatives.

Harley D. Pasley, 23, 1169 Franklin St., Taylorsville, was arrested on charges of battery and interfering with a 911 call at about 7:40 p.m. Monday, deputies said.

Deputies Terrance Holderness and Jarod Aspenson were sent to the 1100 block of Franklin Street in Taylorsville to a domestic battery involving Pasley, described by a relative as being intoxicated and causing a disturbance, deputies said. The caller said Pasley had cut her hand with a piece of glass and was threatening to hurt two young boys.

Prior to deputies arriving, they were told that Pasley had control of the phone and disconnected the 911 call.

When deputies arrived, they were told Pasley had been drinking rubbing alcohol and was inside a storage building, deputies said.

Aspenson entered the backyard and Pasley leaned out of the top of the storage building while holding a cutlass sword, deputies said. Pasley began swinging the sword and yelling and cursing at deputies.

Pasley then slammed the door shut but eventually came outside, where Aspenson and Holderness held him at gunpoint, deputies said.

Holderness repeatedly asked Pasley to drop the sword, but he refused, deputies said.

Sheriff’s department Lt. John Martoccia arrived and began talking with Pasley, who eventually complied and dropped the sword.

Pasley dropped to his knees but then reached for the sword again, and Holderness attempted to use his Taser to subdue Pasley, but it was ineffective, deputies said.

Deputies were then able to get the sword away from Pasley and transport him to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of drinking rubbing alcohol, deputies said.

Pasley is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.