Villisca man arrested for assault on a Peace Officer


November 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports two people were arrested early Sunday morning following an investigation into a fight at the Ice House Restaurant, in Clarinda. 38-year old Derek Wayne Freshour, of Villsca was arrested on a felony charge of Assault on a Peace Officer, as well as OWI/1st offense, and Interference With Official Acts. And, 36-year old Heath Patrick Rodney, of Hartford, SD, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication and for two-counts of Interference with Official Acts.

The arrests occurred after a Page County Sheriff’s Deputy was called to investigate a fight at the restaurant, at around 1:30-a.m., Sunday. When he arrived, the deputy was directed to a vehicle with three occupants, which was attempting to leave the parking lot. The driver, identified as Freshour, allegedly attempted to use his vehicle to “move the deputy,” as the deputy was ordering the man to stop. Freshour finally obeyed the command, and was taken into custody. He was being held in the Page County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Rodney, who was one of the passengers in the vehicle, was booked into the Page County Jail as well, and later posted a $300 bond. The vehicle’s other passenger, Joshua Edward Simmons, was not charged. The incident remains under investigation.