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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 10:59 am

A Lodi man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and resisting arrest after a disturbance call.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, Lodi police responded to a disturbance call in the 0 block of Benson Street, where they said Kent Raverty, 50, was drinking alcohol and making threats, according to Lodi Police Sgt. Mike Oden.

When officers arrived, Raverty started driving away in his car, Oden said. But officers soon pulled him over along Sargent Road.

Officers ordered Raverty out of the vehicle, believing he could be armed, Oden said. As officers approached and tried to apprehend him, Raverty turned around and began fighting the officers, according to police. Two more officers arrived and helped subdue Raverty.

Raverty was evaluated at a local hospital for minor abrasions, then transferred to Lodi Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants and resisting arrest, Oden said.

After being held for several hours, he was released on a citation with a date to appear in court.

Raverty later called the News-Sentinel and denied making threats. He said he did not intentionally try to escape or evade officers. He said police overreacted to the incident and threw him to the ground without cause. He is confident he did nothing wrong, he said.

"This is all way out of proportion," he said.

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1 comment:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:37 pm on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

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    For one who was supposedly so aggressive toward LPD officers and was believed to possibly have been armed and then being "roughed up" by at least four officers, enough to be taken to the hospital for evaluation, he was arrested and jailed for suspicion of dui and resisting arrest. According to the newspaper report he was fighting with the officers and it took at least four of them to subdue him, so I'd assume he was putting up a pretty good resistance and was chargd with merely resisting arrest and no assault on a peace officer or felony crime. Seems to me if he was held for "several hours" and then released with just a citation and a date to appear in court that LPD just put him in the drunk tank for the normal four to eight hour sobering up period. Judging by the name of the reporter, sounds like yet another cub at the Sentinel whose facts don't make much sense.



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