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Sentencing set in alleged officer abuse incident

Charges resulted from a July 16 incident east of Kooskia

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— It started as a hit-and-run accident investigation and ended with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against a Lewiston man, most of which stemmed from his alleged physical abuse toward law enforcement during his arrest.

Desmond Gerald Lee Oatman, 20, was arraigned Aug. 6 and set for sentencing Sept. 27.

He is charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, and propelling bodily fluid or waste at a law enforcement officer, all felonies; and misdemeanor DUI under age 21, resisting or obstructing officers, and leaving the scene of a damage accident.

Charges resulted from a July 16 incident east of Kooskia on U.S. Highway 12. According to court records, Idaho State Police Corporal David Wesch was dispatched at 3:03 p.m. to investigate a hit-and-run crash near milepost 69 with the suspect vehicle headed toward Kooskia. Idaho County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Ulmer located the vehicle, driven by Oatman, at a stop sign at milepost 70, advised him to stop so he could speak to him about the crash, at which point Oatman is alleged to have driven off eastbound and gone about a tenth of a mile before going off the roadway into a ditch.

During the investigation, Oatman is alleged to have spit on and at officers, kicked the rear driver and passenger side quarter panels, and a partition window – dislodging these from alignment – and urinated over the patrol vehicle backseat. Oatman is also alleged to have during this incident both kicked Wesch in the wrist, causing it to instantly swell and be discolored, and later in the center of his chest as officers attempted to remove him from the patrol vehicle to be brought inside the Idaho County jail.

During the incident, Oatman was reported as stating there was no crash and he was not driving.

Assisting ISP and ICSO in this incident was Senior Tribal Officer Alan Reuben, Nez Perce Tribal Police.


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