VPSO charged with assault pleads innocent

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2000

PRINCE of WALES ISLAND (AP) -- A village public safety officer from Thorne Bay charged with assault has pleaded innocent.

VPSO Thomas Bolen was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly wrestled Tim Lloyd to the ground Aug. 12, Alaska State Troopers said.

Lloyd allegedly had refused to take a breathalyzer test.

At the time, Lloyd was wearing a brace on his arm because he had recently been in a car accident. Troopers said an X-ray taken after the alleged assault showed that Lloyd had a broken wrist. A physician's assistant told troopers the injury did not result from the earlier car accident.

Bolen, who was arraigned Tuesday, has been a VPSO for the Tlingit-Haida Central Council for more than seven years, working in Klawock, Hydaburg and Thorne Bay.

During his arraignment, he was ordered to have no contact with Lloyd.

If found guilty, Bolen could face up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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