Suspect denies charge he wrestled with officer
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
September 8, 2012
A Jackson man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he fought and hurt a police officer who was trying to arrest him.
Nathan Daniel Maggard, 38, is accused of struggling with Officer Jamie Colvin as she tried to arrest him the evening of June 30 on a charge of being an intoxicated pedestrian.
Maggard was arrested after police responded to a call of a disturbance outside the Silver Dollar Bar. When officers arrived, Maggard was yelling obscenities at the driver of a hired limo, banging on the passenger-side window and threatening a group waiting in line for the vehicle, according to police. The limo was already booked by a group of bar patrons, but Maggard apparently mistook it for a public cab.
Colvin tried to calm Maggard and interview him, she reported. She said he responded by calling her a “bitch” and turning to walk away.
Colvin pulled him back and put him in a wrist lock, but she said Maggard resisted, slamming her into a metal table and a trash can before an unidentified bystander knocked his legs out from under him. Once Maggard was on the ground, it took a second officer’s help to arrest him and force him into a patrol car, they said.
During the struggle, a large wooden splinter was forced under Colvin’s fingernail, requiring a hospital visit. Colvin also experienced mild chest pain and had difficulty breathing for several weeks afterward.
At his arraignment in 9th District Court, Maggard entered pleas of not guilty to charges of felony interference with a peace officer and being an intoxicated pedestrian. His trial is scheduled for January.