Three charges filed against Hammer

Published 11:07am Friday, August 12, 2011

Zachary Allen Hammer, 20, the Fergus Falls man who allegedly engaged in a drunken tussle with a police officer on Wednesday, was charged with third degree criminal damage to property, obstructing the legal process, and underage consumption of alcohol in Otter Tail County District Court.

Court records line up with initial police reports that Hammer was allegedly staggering and drunk near the intersection of Friberg and Fir avenues. The officer who spoke to him recognized Hammer for previous underage drinking offenses; in fact, the complaint stated, Hammer has five prior charges for underage consumption, plus another one also filed on Thursday.

When the officer tried to take Hammer’s beer can away, Hammer allegedly shoved him, then resisted arrest when the officer forced him to the ground to restrain him. While he was restraining Hammer, the officer saw a large knife on Hammer’s hip and was eventually able to take it away.

After seeing the knife, the officer brought Hammer to his squad car for a patdown. However, as he conducting his search, Hammer allegedly slammed his head into the car’s trunk five times, putting a sizable dent in the vehicle. Hammer also allegedly tried to kick the officer at this time.

Finally, records state, when Hammer was brought to jail, he again began slamming his head, this time into an elevator door, doing so twice before he could be restrained.

The criminal complaint valued the damage to the squad car at $554.

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  • dono

    I love the part of the story where he slams his head into the squad car five times. Had his behavior gotten any worse, he would have had to taser himself or call his buddies for backup and the shoot himself.

  • concerned

    how was it possible for Hammer to slam his head into the elevator doors while in police custody?

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