A Bellevue man has been charged with felony battery on a police officer following an arrest for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.
Shannon L. Rowland, 47, was arrested on Nov. 26 after a series of disturbing-the-peace calls from several bars and hotels in Ketchum. According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Ketchum Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. David Aslett, he and Deputy Cody Fuller responded to a call of disturbing the peace at the Best Western Kentwood Lodge in Ketchum at 8:45 p.m. The description of the person being reported was the same as the man the deputies had dealt with since 5:30 p.m. when he was asked to leave the Casino Club bar and then asked to leave Whiskey Jacques’ and the Limelight Hotel.
“At all locations the person was yelling obscenities and causing disruption inside the business,” the affidavit states. “It was explained to Rowland by Fuller that he was not to come back on each of the properties.”
When the deputies attempted to arrest Rowland for obstructing or resisting arrest after he allegedly walked away from them and yelled obscenities, “Rowland was resisting violently by pulling away and trying to flail his arms and legs,” the report states.
Once transported to the county jail by Fuller, “Rowland began to get aggravated and started shouting obscenities at the staff.” According to the affidavit, Rowland had to be held down by staff while allegedly continuously trying to kick Fuller.
“Rowland got a leg free and donkey kicked Fuller in the knee,” the affidavit states.
According to prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback during an initial appearance on Nov. 27, Fuller sustained severe injuries.
If convicted, Rowland could face up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 11, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to be bound to District Court as a felony.