Davenport man arrested for assaulting peace officer

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a Davenport man after he allegedly tried to punch emergency personnel and pushed a handcuff key into an officer’s hand.

James Jacobs, 22, was charged March 28 with assault on peace officers and others.

According to a police complaint, officers were dispatched to the area of Brown and Lucas Streets after receving reports of a man bleeding from the head.

Upon arrival, officers said Jacobs allegedly smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech, and could not stand or walk without the help of officers.

The report said Jacobs had no idea why his head was bleeding and accused an officer of punching him in the face while using profanity with police and other emergency personnel.

Jacobs also attempted to punch emergency staff, the report said.

Officials said Jacobs refused to get in the ambulance and had to be restrained in the ambulance bed.

Once at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the report said hospital staff requested he be handcuffed to the bed.

When an officer was adjusting Jacobs’ handcuffs, the report said Jacobs grabbed the officer’s hand, causing the handcuff key to go through the gloves and skin.

Assault on peace officers and others is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,875.

— by Hayley Bruce

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