Officials: Inmate broke out windows of transport vehicle

CNJ staff

An inmate who didn’t want to be transferred to state prison is facing felony criminal damage charges after sheriff’s officials say he broke out the windows of a transport vehicle.

Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Michael Padilla became violent and had to be extracted from his cell and restrained after he refused to leave the Curry County jail, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller.

Secured in arm and leg restraints, he was carried to a transport vehicle and once placed in the back seat, Waller said he kicked out two windows of the vehicle.

“Officers ultimately tazed Padilla, which was effective in stopping his violent conduct,” Waller said. “Padilla was immediately taken to DoC in a fortified vehicle following that incident.”

Padilla caused more than $1,000 in damage to the vehicle and is being charged with criminal damage to property, assault on a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Waller said the sheriff’s office will ask the courts to order Padilla to pay restitution.

Padilla is serving a prison sentence for drug charges. He’s also charged with escape, aggravated assault on a peace officer and criminal damage to property for a Feb. 21, 2010 attempted escape from the jail.

In the escape attempt, investigators say Padilla and three others busted holes through the cinderblock of their isolation cells and went on a rampage through the jail causing more than $14,000 in damage.

Waller said he was being housed in Curry County pending trial in the case, but the trial was delayed, leading to his transport back to the department of corrections.