MAN RUNS FROM/ASSAULTS DEPUTIES AT POLK COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Monday, April 02, 2012
Captain Greg Peterman, Deputy Brad Stevens, and Courthouse Security Officer Troy Cline stopped a man, Vincent Ballard, from running out of the Polk County Courthouse after a judge ordered an immediate urine analysis during a court hearing Thursday, March 29. Vincent Ballard, age 29 of Des Moines, was several hours late for his scheduled arraignment in courtroom 211 yesterday. According to witnesses, after the judge indicated the possibility of going to jail if the urine analysis showed drug use, Ballard claimed he needed to make a phone call and started to leave the courtroom. The judge advised him to remain in the court room; at that time he fled.
Capt. Peterman was the first to encounter Ballard as he was running through the first floor of the courthouse. People were shouting that Ballard needed to be stopped. With the assistance of Deputy Stevens and Officer Cline, Ballard was apprehended inside the courthouse.
During the scuffle Capt. Peterman suffered a leg injury and was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Deputy Stevens and Officer Cline received minor injuries which did not require medical attention. Ballard was arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail on 2 charges of assault causing injury on a public official, assault causing serious injury on a public official, and interference with official acts. In addition, the bond posted for previous charges, (2 counts of possession of a controlled substance), has been revoked by the bonding agency.