Duo Charged after Man Attempts to Disarm Fond du Lac Cop
Two men were charged Tuesday in connection to an incident Friday where one man attempted to disarm a Fond du Lac Police Officer during a traffic stop.
36-year-old Thomas Needham was charged with a felony count of Disarming a Police officer and a gross misdemeanor of Obstructing the Legal process with Force.
19-year-old Kordell DeFoe was charged with fourth-degree Assault on a Police Officer, Obstructing the Legal Process with Force, Driving after Revocation and Possession or sale of a Legend Drug.
The charges stem from an incident Friday night when the men were pulled over by the Fond du Lac Police Department.
The department released video of the incident, which happened around 7 p.m. Friday night in the 2500 block of Big Lake Road on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
Police pulled over the vehicle for driving without headlights. They say the occupants were uncooperative and appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic.
Authorities say Defoe continued to resist police demands to step out of the vehicle, and police had to physically remove him from the car.
During the altercation, Needham, who was in the back seat, reached through the window of the car and grabbed hold of an officer’s gun. His attempts to disarm the officer were unsuccessful.
Police found a knife in Defoe’s possession, and a BB gun and pepper spray in the car.
The judge set bail for Defoe at $500 with conditions, or $5,000 without.
Bail for Needham was set at $5,000 with conditions, or $50,000 without.
Needham will be back in court December 23.
Defoe will be back in court December 21.