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Man who had restraining order against Bonney Lake police sentenced to jail, community service
The man who earlier this year was granted an order of protection against a member of the Bonney Lake Police Department will see plenty of the men in blue for 18 days.
Ronald Bobbitt, whose March arrest drew accusations of profiling and led to the restraining order, was sentenced Sept. 8 to 180 days in jail. His sentence included additional community service and days to be spent under court supervision on charges of obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest.
Bobbitt will serve 20 of those days in jail – he received a two-day reduction for time served – and the remainder in two-day intervals at the Bonney Lake Municipal Court on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 22. He may also do community service to reduce his sentence at a rate of two days of service counting for three days of jail time.
The time served at the court room is part of Bonney Lake Judge Ron Heslop's sentencing philosophy, which seeks to find alternatives to jail.
Heslop will review Bobbitt's sentence in 60 days and may alter the sentence at any time.
Bobbitt was taken directly from the courtroom to the Buckley jail to begin serving his time.
During the original incident, officers pulled over Bobbitt and his sister Melissa Smith-St. John, after seeing him make a turn on to 221st Avenue East without using his turn signal. Bobbitt lives on 221st Avenue East.
A supplemental report states that the area is known for narcotics trafficking.
The report states Bobbitt stopped in the middle of 221st and got out of his vehicle. When officers told him to get back in the car, he allegedly drove into his driveway, which is at the end of the street.
Bobbitt was uncooperative and insulting, according to the report, and failed to follow instructions. At one point, Bobbit tried to exit his vehicle and police attempted to keep him inside.
Officers Keller and Eric Alfano pulled Bobbitt to the ground and a struggle began. Police were unable to cuff Bobbitt and reports show Alfano struck Bobbitt twice between the shoulder blades during the struggle before being able to cuff him.
Smith-St. John exited the vehicle during the struggle and was arrested for obstructing after refusing to get back in the vehicle.
Bobbitt and Smith-St. John dispute the official account of the officers involved and alleged that officers overstepped their bounds.
Bobbitt was found guilty of the charges after a jury trial in August. Smith-St. John agreed to a stipulated order of continuance for one year on her charge of obstruction. The one-year order means if she complies with the conditions her charges will be dropped at the end of the year.