Whiteout, thumbtack, taser and politician involved in domestic violence arrests


by Adam Walser


Posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 11:41 PM

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The chain of events started with a 911 call coming from the Sellersburg home of Clark County Councilman Danny Yost.

Police arrived to discover Danny and his wife Mary were involved in a domestic dispute, in which she threw a bottle of Whiteout on his face.

"Looking at the booking photo, it's clear he does have white down the side of his face," said Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan.

The councilman was arrested for allegedly assaulting her.

"He punched her in the stomach and twisted her right wrist," Chief Whelan said of the account Mary gave officers of the incident.

When the couple arrived at police headquarters, police say Danny was calm, but Mary wasn't.

"She was able to get a thumbtack off one of the boards with her mouth while in handcuffs," said Whelan. "She was trying to swallow it and wouldn't spit it out, so consequently, to get her to spit it out, she was drive stunned with a taser. It worked."

Both were booked in the Clark County jail and were later released on their own recognizance.

Phyllis Haas, who often waits on the couple at Sir Dano's Pizza, was shocked to hear of the incident.

"The Yost family is an old family here in town and very well respected. very well respected," said Haas.

"Elected officials are human too, so everyone has their own personal problems," said Whelan.

Danny Yost told us on the phone that the bottom line is, it all shouldn't have happened.

He denied punching his wife, but said police were overzealous in using a taser on her. The police chief says any blame lies with those involved.

"You would think that adults would act better than that, but that's why we have jobs," he said.

Danny Yost told us he hasn't spoken to his wife since their arrests. He said a "no contact order" is in place until his arraignment next week.

He has been married to Mary for 24 years. Danny Yost has served as an elected official in Clark County since 2000.