Clarinda Cop assaulted while booking a suspect


July 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Clarinda Police officer was treated for minor injuries after he was allegedly assaulted at the jail Sunday by a man who was being booked into the Page County Jail. Police Chief Keith Mehlin said the unidentified officer was struck with a closed fist in the left eye region of his head. The officer was treated at the Clarinda Regional Health Center and released.

Twenty-two year old Dakota Jim Smith, of Gravity, was subsequently charged with felony assault on a peace officer. Smith was originally arrested on charges of public intoxication and simple assault, following a disturbance in the parking lot of a Clarinda apartment complex earlier in the day, Sunday.