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Iowa man faces felony counts, accused of threatening officer



An Iowa man initially arrested for public intoxication now faces felony counts and possible prison time after police say he spit on and threatened to rape the woman officer who arrested him.

Scott Allen Thelke, 43, of Clear Lake, has been charged with first-degree harassment, assault on an officer, public intoxication and a parole violation, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported.

Police said the incident began Monday when a Clear Lake restaurant called police to report that Thelke was drunk and causing problems. The Clear Lake officer who responded reported that as she placed Thelke under arrest for public intoxication, he spat on her, threatened to kill her with a chainsaw and slash her tire, and told her he would hunt her down and rape her and record the assault.

Thelke’s preliminary court hearing is set for Sept. 18. He’s being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $2,000 bond.

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