FAIRFIELD — An ex-con’s latest failed attempt to flee from Fairfield police ended with his arrest and another entry through his revolving door of the local criminal justice system.
Darrell L. Dickerson, 35, is very familiar to Fairfield cops. He has been arrested by several of them – again and again and again for more than 15 years.
Dickerson was scheduled to be in court Monday for a probable cause hearing for a felony burglary charge and resisting arrest. At a brief court appearance Friday, Dickerson agreed to postpone the hearing until Sept. 22.
Dickerson ‘s most recent arrest was two weekends ago – just days after yet another local judge punished him by putting him back on probation even though he committed new crimes and has a long and consistent history of ignoring his promise to not commit more crimes.
For Fairfield police, a Dickerson arrest always entails more than slapping on a pair of handcuffs, according to police reports and court records.
The afternoon of July 27 was no exception. Only a few weeks after Judge Allan P. Carter set him free after his sixth arrest in less than two years, Dickerson allegedly broke into a Crowley Lane residence, stealing someone else’s belongings. A witness spotted Dickerson two days later and called police, who spotted Dickerson. He took off running, leading police on a foot chase that ended two hours later when he was found hiding on a front porch on Pennsylvania Avenue and was arrested.
Dickerson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to burglary and resisting arrest charges and was ordered locked up with bail of $85,000 at least until his probable cause hearing.
Unlike some his past sprints from police, no officers were injured this time in apprehending Dickerson.
Four months, four arrests
In April, while out on bail for a pending criminal case involving six misdemeanor crimes that include three counts of fleeing from police, Dickerson was arrested again for allegedly trespassing and running from police. In spite of the arrest a few weeks earlier, Judge Alesia Jones let Dickerson post bail with his promises to obey the law and show up for his court appearances. Dickerson did not keep either promise.
After missing court, a bench warrant went out for Dickerson. Fairfield police spotted Dickerson a few weeks later. He ran, Fairfield police caught him and found a methamphetamine pipe.
After Dickerson spent less than three weeks in jail, prosecutors and Judge Carter agreed to combine all three cases and to place Dickerson on probation yet again if he promised to not commit anymore crimes. Three weeks later, Dickerson was arrested in connection with the burglary and for running from the cops.
Injure a cop, go to jail – for a respite
Dickerson started 2014 behind bars. He had been arrested for those six misdemeanor crimes a few days before Christmas 2013. A few days into the new year, he posted bail and promised to make all his court hearings. He broke that promise in three months and was arrested again after a failed effort to flee from Fairfield police.
The December 2013 arrest came just a few weeks after Dickerson got out of jail after spending roughly eight months behind bars for a crime that resulted in a Fairfield police officer suffering a leg injury in a chase with Dickerson. The injury led the veteran officer to being out on disability for more than a month, followed by several weeks of light duty.
The eight months in jail was the result of what began in 2011 as a potential prison sentence of six years. Dickerson sidestepped that in 2012 by taking a plea deal from prosecutors in which he was placed on probation, promising to obey all laws.
The first time Dickerson broke that promise in 2012 resulted in spending about two months in jail before a judge gave him yet another chance, which lasted less than six weeks. The judge’s second arrest warrant in December 2012 led to Dickerson’s arrest – an arrest that included another failed run from Fairfield cops.
13 times in 14 years
Since October 2011, Fairfield police have arrested Dickerson seven times. Each time he tried unsuccessfully to flee from police. Before that, he had tried six times, each of them unsuccessfully, to flee from police.
On the morning of Oct. 25, 2011, someone called 911 to report two men fighting near the corner of Kentucky and Second streets. One of the fighters may have had a baseball bat, the caller said. The caller also mentioned a gun.
Police got to the intersection and did not see a fight, but Officer Hank McCoy spotted Dickerson, who took off running and jumping fences of nearby homes. McCoy caught up to Dickerson, the two tussled when McCoy suddenly felt a pain in his leg before it went numb and he fell to the ground as Dickerson ran off, only to be captured a few minutes later.
McCoy was taken by ambulance to the hospital and spent the next month recuperating.
Prosecutors charged Dickerson with three felonies but ended up making a plea deal. Dickerson pleaded no contest to a charge of resisting an executive officer, which carries a one-year prison sentence. Judge Carter gave Dickerson the year behind bars, gave him credits for time served and placed him on three years of probation.
Within a few months, Dickerson back out on the street. Within weeks, he was arrested again after a failed effort to flee from Fairfield cops.
You can run . . .
Dickerson, while on parole in 2009, tried unsuccessfully to flee from Fairfield police. He ran and hopped neighbors’ fences, but police had already surrounded the area. Dickerson was arrested after tumbling onto a neighbors’ cactus landscaping, being shot by an officer’s Taser gun and then being bitten by a police dog. Dickerson has previously been shot by police with Tasers and bitten by police dogs.
Dickerson was shot three times in 2007 with Tasers as several police officers arrested him at his wife’s apartment. He twice sued Fairfield police for $5 million over the arrest. Twice his lawsuits were tossed.
In 2004, Dickerson was at the center of an eight-hour police standoff that was settled by a Fairfield SWAT team.
Dickerson fled from Fairfield police in 2003 and ran into a home, which was then surrounded by police. Dickerson surrendered after a few hours, shortly after a police dog found him hiding in a closet.
In 2000, Dickerson, then 20, got into a three-hour standoff with Fairfield police that ended with police hosing him down with water and pepper spray.
He’ll be back in court Sept. 22.
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