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Police levy assault, drug charges

Police arrested a Prescott Valley man on charges that he deliberately struck a bicyclist with his vehicle, then fled the scene.

According to PVPD spokesman Sergeant P.J. Janik, at about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, police and paramedics responded to Katie Circle West at Ackland Drive to a report of a bicyclist involved in hit and run accident. Though taken to YRMC with injuries, the 26-year-old victim was able to give police a general description of the vehicle.

"Officer Doug Howard examined the broken light lenses from the vehicle at the scene and said he believed it was a BMW," Janik said. "At about 1:30 p.m. that same day Officer Jason Kaufman saw a BMW with broken light lenses on Robert Road that matched the victim's description."

According to Kaufman's report, the suspect, 27-year-old PV resident Anthony G. Spence, admitted to leaving the scene of the accident, but claimed two cyclists had attacked him, and that one of them had thrown his bicycle at his car.

"He said he didn't report it to us because he didn't want to be a snitch," Janik said. "But a witness said the suspect deliberately struck the cyclist with his vehicle, turned around, and tried to hit him again."

Police charged Spence with aggravated assault, two counts of endangerment, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of reckless driving, and booked him into YCSO jail.

"This is more of an intentional assault than a traffic accident," Janik said. Neither the victim nor the suspect claimed to know each other, Janik said.

According to the police dispatcher's bulletin, police also charged Spence with possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.

In an unrelated incident, two Gilbert men are facing drug charges after PV police arrested them during a routine stop early Friday morning, Dec. 15.

Patrol officers saw two men involved in an argument outside a Highway 69 convenience store, and stopped to investigate.

The officers reported that they could smell the odor of burned marijuana on the men's clothing and in their car, and saw an apparently juvenile-aged girl in their vehicle. A pat-down search of the men turned up several plastic bags of marijuana and a bindle of the drug ecstasy, according to the report.

Police arrested and charged 21-year-old Sean R. Arel with possession of marijuana for sale. Police charged 21-year-old Michael D. Rasgorshek with possession of a dangerous drug.

"The 16-year-old juvenile admitted to smoking 'joints the size of cigars' all day long, apparently furnished by Mr. Arel," Janik said. "We turned her over to her parents."

Police also charged the two men with involving a minor in a drug offense.

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