Stuart now charged with police battery
Jeramy Stuart has caught the attention of the Pierce County court system once again.
Nine days after being charged with spitting on a police officer, the 18-year-old River Falls native was charged last week with battery to a police officer and obstructing an officer.
The battery is a felony carrying a maximum penalty, if found guilty, of $10,000 and/or six years prison. The obstruction carries a $10,000 fine and/or nine months prison.
The new charges stem from a July 16 incident in which River Falls police were called out to the walking path by the Kinnikinnic River on River Ridge Drive for possible juveniles who appeared to be intoxicated, according to the criminal complaint.
According to Patrol Officer Eric Van Nocker's report, he parked his squad car on River Ridge Drive and walked down. Fellow officer Beth Posel informed him three individuals had run from her down there, and one had jumped in the river and swam away. The other two she couldn't find.
She did identify one of them as Stuart, Van Nocker said.
For more please read the July 29 print version of the Herald.