Police taze man after refusing to leave downtown bar

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 29, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police Tasered a man after he refused to leave a downtown bar over the weekend.
Jeremy Spinneweber, 31, of Washington, Pa., was charged Aug. 27 with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, interference with official acts, and assault on emergency personnel.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers were called to the Summit Bar & Grill, 10 S. Clinton St., to remove Spinneweber from the bar for being disruptive after he refused to leave.

The arresting officer said he told Spinneweber told him to leave the bar or he would be arrested, to which Spinneweber allegedly replied, “No.” The complaint said the officer then iterated that the defendant needed to leave the bar.

Spinneweber allegedly responded with “no,” and pushed the officer in the chest.

The defendant allegedly began physically resisting and fighting, as the officer attempted to take him into custody. Subsequently, Spinneweber was Tasered three times before he decided to comply and stop resisting, the complaint said.

— by Brittany Till

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