When Gillette Police Department (GPD) Officer Tanner Clemens responded to the Fireside Bar and Lounge on an unrelated warrant service Thursday evening, he observed a young man inside the establishment who was suspected of being on a “zero-tolerance” alcohol probation for a previous DUI charge.
Clemens radioed dispatch and confirmed the individual identified as Lincoln Riley was on unsupervised probation and was breaking the conditions of that probation by drinking alcohol and being inside of a bar, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial District May 14.
At this point, Clemens contacted Riley inside the bar and asked him to step outside to discuss his probation. Riley stated, “I don’t have to do f-ing shit,” per court documents, though Clemens could smell alcohol on Riley’s breath.
While Clemens was speaking to Riley inside of the bar, another individual addressed him and became confrontational, granting Riley the opportunity to attempt to flee the scene. Clemens then followed Riley, asking him to stop multiple times before Riley finally stopped inside the liquor store, where he became uncooperative, according to Clemens.
A second GPD officer, Kyle Sprague, then arrived, and together, they proceeded to attempt to escort Riley outside.
Riley allegedly pulled away and began to resist arrest, prompting Clemens to take Riley to the ground. Riley reportedly continued to struggle, according to the narrative of probable cause, as more officers arrived to assist.
After a failed attempt to elbow Clemens in the face, Riley allegedly attempted to head-butt an officer and bite another. Riley was finally subdued after Sprague threatened to use his Taser, according to the affadavit, at which point Riley was cuffed and placed under arrest.
Riley is being charged with probation violation and three counts of interference with a police officer, which is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, a fine of no more than $1,000, or both, for each count.