On Thursday, November 15th at around 1:46 p.m. Constable Daniel Castle was at the Blaine Food Pantry as he usually is, yet this Thursday was not typical giveaway. One of the food recipients came back angry because he didn’t get the food he wanted.
David Blake, 62 of Blaine left the giveaway and came back belligerent and angry because he did not get what he thought he should have at the food bank.
Blake, feeling shorted, was yelling at the volunteers and cursing them. Castle, who helps run the giveaway and spends a ton of time organizing and unloading boxes of food and other commodities with his wife, was present at the time of the incident. He approached David Blake who was then in his car after a long scene of disorderly conduct and after multiple warnings and attempts to stop the ordeal. Castle showed his badge to Blake and attempted to stop Blake from leaving the scene and was forced to reach into Blake’s vehicle to either put the van back into gear or grab the keys as Blake tried to leave the scene.
Castle realized at this point he was either going to be run over by the van or hang on. Castle held on to the vehicle while Blake choked him and attempted to fight him off.
But Castle hung on long enough to get control of the vehicle and while Blake continued to fight and choke the Constable, he along with a bystander got the vehicle along with Blake stopped and eventually placed in handcuffs. Blake was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, 2nd degree, Assault, 3rd degree on a Police Officer, Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle on Suspended or Revoked License.
This arrest made 22 arrests for David Blake, who was transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Constable Castle suffered a few minor injuries, but was okay as he left from that scene straight on to another incident of a DUI that he turned over to the Sheriff’s Dept.
Blake was released after a pretrial hearing.
BOARD MEMBER DANIEL CASTLE
“…What a weekend! Need to clarify a few points, I don’t run the food bank, but rather am a board member. Our founder and president is Rachel Wheeler. She and her family works tirelessly making sure our neighbors have enough food. Also, it wasn’t just a bystander who leaped into action, a fellow food bank board member leaped into the van to assist. I looked over and Angel Thompson jumped in the passenger side to assist. Her, along with Robby Roberts we were able to get the keys out of the ignition which helped defuse a very dangerous situation. In addition, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office was quick to respond. Thank you Mark Wheeler and Mason Keefer for being there so quickly!”