Man charged with assaulting officers after rollover

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a local man after he allegedly moved towards officers after being told to stand still.

Kurtis Smith Jr., 26, 234 Cayman St., was charged Sept. 18 with assault on peace officers and others, a serious misdemeanor.

According to a complaint, Smith was arrested on the evening of Sept. 17 after repeatedly disobeying an order from a Johnson County sheriff's deputy to stay put.

The complaint said Smith was involved in a rollover traffic collision that took place near 234 Cayman St., during which he sustained an injury to his left shoulder that was bleeding profusely and splattering blood on the ground.

The complaint said a sheriff's deputy asked Smith to stand still, and Smith moved toward the deputy. According to the report, the deputy took several steps backward and repeated the order to Smith.

Smith then allegedly continued to move toward the deputy, leading with his bloody shoulder. Smith was then taken into custody by Iowa City police officers.

Assault on a peace officer is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,875.

— by Matt Starns

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