SLO ad exec arrested for threatening an officer
July 13, 2011
Prosecutors in Santa Maria have filed a flurry of felony charges against a San Luis Obispo marketing executive for allegedly threatening a police officer, a charge partially refuted by video tape of the incident available on KCCN.tv.
Jeffery Lind, 55, was at the Santa Maria courthouse when he spoke with an officer who had arrested his son for driving under the influence, said KCCN.tv. Lind said the officer made his son take a breath alcohol test 25 times.
Both Lind and Guadalupe police officer Robert Ortega agree that the following exchange occurred:
LIND (walking toward Ortega): “Oh, you’re Ortega.”
ORTEGA: “Yes, I am.”
LIND: “You’re the officer who arrested my son. You’re here for court today?”
ORTEGA: “Oh. You’re Lind’s father.”
LIND: “Yes. Thank you for arresting my son.” (In his report, Ortega asserted the comment was made “sarcastically.”)
At this point, Lind’s and Ortega’s versions of events differ sharply. Lind would later report in a sworn affidavit that Ortega then said, “Thanks? Really?” And Lind responded, “No, you made him blow (take a breath alcohol test) 25 times.”
Ortega claims he “became fearful” of Lind who he said began threatening him, jabbed his finger at him and yelled in his face.
According to Lind, he said, “Justice will prevail.”
According to Ortega, Lind said, “And you got something coming to you, too, pal.”
Ortega later reported that he “felt threatened by this as he was sitting down.” He said he “then advised (Lind), ‘You just made a threat to a police officer.’”
Footage from security cameras in the courtroom foyer appear to refute at least some of the allegations now being leveled by the officer and Santa Barbara County district attorney’s deputies.
Lind has been charged with resisting arrest; conspiracy; dissuading a witness; attempting, but failing, to commit a crime; and attempting to file a false or forged statement. He’s free on $200,000 bail.
Find the complete article by Daniel Blackburn and the video tape at KCCN.tv.