ST. GEORGE – A young man may arguably have picked a fight with the wrong person during a party where alcohol was allegedly being served to minors Sunday as he found himself arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Officers responded to the 1000 East block of 900 South on a noise complaint where it had been reported there were vehicles on the street and a loud party going on with possible underage drinking, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Ean Williams in support of the arrest.
While officers were on scene, people began to come out of the residence as well as show up for the party.
While the officer was talking with three people near the residence, the statement said, 23-year-old Michael Burdette Sargent walked around the corner and asked his friend to come over to him. His friend reportedly told him no because the police were running his identification.
After the officer told Sargent his friend could speak with him in a moment, Sargent began to walk in the officer’s direction, according to the statement of probable cause; the officer wrote in the statement:
I asked him if I could help him while his friend was telling him to stay back. Michael picked up his pace and balled his fists up. I yelled at Michael ‘police, stop right there!’ Michael said ‘nah, nigga’ and squared up into a fighting stance. Michael put his right foot forward and brought his arms up with his hands balled into fists as I was backing up to create distance. Michael then took … a step towards me and lunged forward with his right shoulder as if to strike me.
Williams drew his TASER and yelled “police, get on the ground!” at which point, Sargent complied and told Williams he was just “playing,” according to the probable cause statement.
Another officer placed Sargent into handcuffs and detained him. Officers learned Sargent lived at the home where the party was taking place and alcohol was allegedly provided for minors to consume.
Sargent was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with a class A misdemeanor for assault on a police officer, two class B misdemeanors for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and negligently providing alcohol to a minor, and a class C misdemeanor for intoxication.
Fifth District Judge Michael Westfall ordered Sargent’s bail amount set at $5,000 during his initial court appearance Monday. Sargent was found indigent by the court and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Aric Cramer. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 5.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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