Man in scuffle with Steamboat police officers Thursday faces 8 charges



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Rodney Williams III

Editor's note: This story has been updated from its original version to clarify that Williams was to appear in Routt County Court.

The man who Steamboat Springs police say tried to take an officer’s gun during a scuffle late last week is facing eight criminal charges, including felony assault, attempt to disarm a peace officer, misdemeanor driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Rodney Will­­iams III, 23, is due to appear in Routt Coun­­ty Court today for a pre­­liminary hearing.

According to a sworn affidavit by Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Doug Scherar, the incident began when he pulled over Williams, a transient, at about 2 a.m. Thursday on the west side of Steamboat.

Scherar said one of the headlights was out on the truck Williams was driving. Williams stuck his head out the window and told Scherar he was almost out of gas, and Scherar instructed him to pull into The Fuel Stop. Once there, Scherar said Williams told him he didn’t have a credit card and needed to go to 7-Eleven, according to the statement. Scherar said he would follow him there. While trailing Williams, Scherar said, the background check on the license plates came back from dispatch with five warrants for Williams’ arrest.

Williams then made a U-turn and started speeding westbound on U.S. Highway 40, Scherar reported. He made another U-turn near Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park and jumped out of the truck near the entrance to the Steam­­boat Campground, according to Scherar. Scherar chased Williams about 20 yards into deep snow, drew his Taser and ordered him to stop.

Scherar said he ordered Will­iams onto his stomach as Officer Scott Middleton approached.

Williams grabbed Middleton’s legs when the officer tried to handcuff him, according to Scherar. Scherar said he tried several times to use his Taser on Williams, but it did not appear to be shocking him.

“The Taser probes did not penetrate his thick coat and I attempted to … stun him several more times as he fought with us,” Scherar wrote in the affidavit. “The Taser probes were tangled all over the place from the suspect trying to fight with us, and I was shocked several times.”

Williams then tried to take the Taser and Middleton’s handgun, Scherar said.

“I began punching the suspect in the face repeatedly to subdue him,” he wrote in the affidavit.

Middleton then pepper sprayed Williams, which subdued him until they again tried to handcuff him. When he started to fight with officers again, Scherar said he unsuccessfully tried to shock Williams, who punched Scherar in the face. Scherar returned the punches, at which point Officer Stuart Hutton arrived and helped Middle­­ton and Scherar handcuff Williams.

Scherar and Middleton said they smelled alcohol on Williams’ breath. He refused a blood test when he was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center complaining of an asthma attack.

Scherar wrote that Middleton’s hand was severely swollen after the fight and was X-rayed. Middleton and Scherar were treated for multiple abrasions and cuts.

Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann, whose office is representing Williams, did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday afternoon. Williams remained in Routt County Jail.

The charges against Williams are felony second-degree assault, felony criminal attempt to commit disarming a peace officer, felony vehicular eluding, misdemeanor DUI, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor driving under restraint, illegal possession or consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle, and defective vehicle headlights.


hereandthere 6 years, 1 month ago

Meanwhile, lets have a bunch of ridiculus arguments about the evils of MJ. Pathetic.


seeuski 6 years, 1 month ago

I would not bring up the fact that the AZ shooter was a known pot head and was denied entry into the military for that reason, but since you brought it up.


1999 6 years, 1 month ago

i didn't see anything about him smoking pot. sounds like he was drunk.

oh and see......yeah the guy in arizona shot all those people because he smokes pot?



you said last week it was because he had mental problems.


ftpheide 6 years, 1 month ago

1999, Give it up!.. Every comment See makes you answer with an insult to her. Are you trying to get her attention in a weird way?


ftpheide 6 years ago

Greenwash, This article has nothing to do with Palin. See, has a right to express her opinion. What 1999 is doing is moranic. If you don't want Palin to be president - so be it. Their is no need to call See a "nut case" because she has a different opinion then you do!


hereandthere 6 years ago

Par for the course See. I point out the hypocrisy of demonizing one drug over another, and that is you brilliant retort. Not to many out there blaming the AZ shootings on pot, but who can know what swirls around in your head.


1999 6 years ago

i think it's important to discredit people like see who support people for president like SARAR PALIN>

I mean come on...he/she REALLY supports palin for prez!!! BAHAHAHA


and the fact that he/she can SOMEHOW connect his guy in our news to the guy in arizona to smoking pot is super fun for me. I would like like t0 see more of it!!!! Please bring it on.

and eveylynne for your info...calling idiots on being idiots is important to me. clearly one. you'd like to say it's her/his opinion...buts it more than that.

see wants Palin to be Persident. do you get that? you don't see a problem with that kind of thinking???? really???



1999 6 years ago

evelynee...SEE is insulting the good people of the USA by supporting Sarah Palin for president.

Thats what SEE wants and I find THAT insulting.

thats what she would settle for for the usa..

an elected gov of Alaska who quit her elected position to make more money as a reality show star.


DO YOU GET THAT YET???????? two of my brothers died for this freaking country and she wants a reality show star to lead us?????



sledneck 6 years ago

I think your personal loss (for which I am truly sorry) has impaired your ability to shut * up.


exduffer 6 years ago

1999, you are using up valuable server space at the Pilot.


Jeff_Kibler 6 years ago

And wasting valuable oxygen, diapers and pacifiers.


exduffer 6 years ago

If he had a pacifier we would not have to listen to the screaming.


Jeff_Kibler 6 years ago

Good point, but the bed-wetter is still a waste of diapers. :-)


kathy foos 6 years ago

Sarah Palin is out.I dont know why she was ever considered.I dont think "see" as you call the person,is nesessarily a woman.It is annoying to see so much of Sarah Palin with those never ending pictures.After her "crosshairs" stupidity'I'm definatly not worried about her except to quickly switch past her show on the controller.I also do that to the show about the couple with 20 some children.What happens if all of those kids have 20 some kids,they will have their own town and have to elect a town council within the family. Its embarrassing to be in the same party as Palin. Who is the new great hope of the Republicans?Some real leader better step up and lead soon or there is going to be another Democratic victory next election.

Seesuki,Im sure Obama would love to run against her,he would win for sure.You seem really devoted,why?What has she done that is deserving of the presidents job and just why would she be good?I think even she has given up on that dream.Why would a person running for president agree to a reality show?Hummm..Ego and money,not a good idea for a politician.


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