Man faces felony assault on a police officer charge
Fredrick Lloyd Stewart, 66, Tamarack, was charged with felony assault on a police officer.
The complaint states that on February 9 at 11:26 a.m. Moose Lake Police Officer Jessica Town was involved in a routine traffic stop in the city of Moose Lake. The traffic stop suspect was driving his father’s motor vehicle, a black Chevrolet pickup, with no insurance on the vehicle.
Soon thereafter, the traffic stop suspect’s father, Fredrick Lloyd Stewart, arrived on the scene, stating the car was his. Stewart could not produce proof of insurance for the motor vehicle, and even admitted that he had “not had insurance on the car for years.”
Stewart then attempted to enter the stopped motor vehicle and drive it away, but Town stopped him, stating the truck had to be towed due to no insurance. Stewart then scuffled and assaulted Town, eventually placing her into a head lock hold.
Town struggled and broke free from the defendant’s head lock hold. She then drew her service pistol and ordered the defendant to the ground. The defendant replied, “What, are you going to shoot me now?” and continued to be verbally abusive to Town.
Soon thereafter the defendant was handcuffed, placed in the back of the squad car, arrested, and brought to jail. Shortly after the assault Town began to feel pain and have visible bruising and scrapes to her neck, arms, wrists and hands from the assault, elevating the charge to a felony.
The charge of felony assault on a police officer carries a maximum sentence of three years or a $6,000 fine.