Friday, May 6, 2011

Police: Man parked on state Highway 75

Ketchum man charged with 2 misdemeanors


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Ketchum police arrested a 21-year-old Ketchum man early Tuesday morning after he allegedly parked his vehicle in the southbound lane of state Highway 75.

A police report identified the man as Richard M. Vanbuskirk. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. near the highway intersection with Broadway Run.

Ketchum Police Chief Steve Harkins said Vanbuskirk "appeared to be asleep" when officers arrived at the scene, and he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

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Harkins said Vanbuskirk became combative while being placed in custody and was also arrested on charges of resisting and obstructing officers, assaulting a policeman and disturbing the peace.

According to Blaine County court records, Vanbuskirk has not been charged with DUI. At arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Blaine County Magistrate Court, he was charged with the misdemeanor crimes of "resisting and obstructing officers" and "assault or battery upon certain personnel."

He was denied appointment of a public defender and instead hired Hailey attorney Douglas Werth as counsel.

Vanbuskirk was released from custody later Tuesday after posting $1,500 bond.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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