DA files serious charge for alleged arm scratch


— A 27-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces a possible two-year prison term for allegedly scratching a Routt County deputy's arm early Wednesday morning.

Rachel M. Fisch has been charged with second-degree assault on a peace officer. The charge is a class four felony and carries a punishment of two to six years in prison.

Fisch is a substitute teacher's aide for the Steamboat Springs School District.

According to a court file, Fisch allegedly scratched the right arm of deputy Brandi Bowden just after midnight at the Routt County Jail. Fisch allegedly grabbed Bowden's arm while deputies were trying to place her in a holding cell at the jail.

"The scratches drew blood, but they were superficial wounds," Sheriff John Warner said. "She is OK."

Fisch was arrested about 12:11 a.m. outside The Cellar Lounge, 703 Lincoln Ave., after allegedly refusing to leave the establishment.

A hearing was set for 9 a.m. Dec. 19.


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