A 25-year-old Rushville man is facing multiple charges after allegedly assaulting a Bayard Police Officer during a Saturday night altercation.
Court documents say the officer was responding to a fight on East 5th Street in Bayard, and made contact with a man who had blood on the side of his face. While the officer was trying to find out what happened, 25-year-old Colby Bowers reportedly pushed the officer away from the man.
Bowers then punched the officer in the face, breaking his glasses and cutting his lip.
The officer attempted to deploy his taser on Bowers, the two got into a scuffle on the ground, and then Bowers reportedly bit the officer on the hand and gained control of the taser.
The officer then drew his service weapon, and at that time more officers arrived and Bowers threw the taser to the ground. While Bowers was being placed into the patrol car, he told the officer he intended to find him and assault him once he got released.
Bowers is was arrested on charges including Felony 3rd Degree Assault on an Officer, Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Mischief.
He was arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning in Morrill County Court, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
The matter was bound over to District Court, and the three misdemeanors of Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Mischief were dismissed. Bond was set at $30,000 at 10%, and he’s scheduled to be arraigned on the Class 3A Felony Assault on an Officer charge on December 2nd.
Bowers faces up to three years in prison if convicted on the felony charge.