Man held after attack on Washington officer

Lt. Lyle Hansen. (Courtesy photo)
Lt. Lyle Hansen. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON — A man accused of assaulting a police officer during a domestic assault call is scheduled for arraignment in early March.

The case against 34-year-old Ian Lee Knotts was laid out in court filings Wednesday.

The following information comes from Washington police Officer Ethan Hansen’s affidavit.

On Feb. 7 at 12:29 p.m., Hansen was dispatched to a residence for a possible domestic assault.

Hansen said there were noticeable red marks on the woman’s neck and said Knotts had grabbed her and chocked her with both hands. Knotts admitted to placing his hands on the victim’s back neck and being in a “heated argument.

At that time, Lt. Lyle Hansen and Deputy Nathan Schmuecker arrived at the scene.

Knotts was intoxicated and had a preliminary breath test of .159, nearly twice the .08 level.

While officers were attempting to arrest Knotts he began fighting with officers and charged Schmuecker.

“Lt. Hansen was knocked down and appeared to suffer a severe concussion and was transported to the E.R.,” according to the document.

Police Chief Jim Lester said Lyle Hansen is currently recovering at home.

Knotts was arrested and is currently being held at the Washington County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

Washington County Attorney John Gish outlined the charges against Knotts:

• Interference with official acts, inflicting serious injury.

• Domestic abuse assault, strangulation.

• Assault on persons in certain occupations, causing bodily injury or mental illness.

Knotts is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. on March 5 at the Washington County Courthouse, unless a written arraignment is filed before.

District Court Judge Joel Yates stated in the order for arraignment that the information contains sufficient evidence to warrant a conviction by trial jury.