Wednesday May 29, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Shaftsbury man is facing a felony and other charges after state police said he assaulted a trooper when the trooper would not return a "high-five."

Christopher M. Loomis, 20, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to a felony count of impeding a public officer, and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct simple assault on a public officer, alcohol consumption by a minor, and resisting arrest. He was released on conditions that he not possess or consume alcohol and abide by a 7 p.m. curfew.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Jesse Robson, on Saturday he went to a home on Route 7A in Shaftsbury where it was reported an underage drinking party was going on. He was let in the home by a person there and went to see a male who appeared in need of medical attention. Robson said prevented the male, identified as Loomis, from falling. When Loomis woke up he raised his hand for a "high-five" and became angry when Robson did not reciprocate. Robson said Loomis grabbed his jacket so he grabbed Loomis’ wrist and tried to take him to the ground. Because the floor was wet, Robson slipped and Loomis landed on top of him, injuring his hip which pained him into the following day.

He said Loomis had a blood-alcohol content of .201 percent and rescue squad personnel would not approach him for fear of their safety. He said Loomis was combative in his cell and made numerous threats to assault Robson while he was off duty.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr