The mayor of a northeast Iowa town has been released from jail after being arrested Wednesday night. Dunkerton mayor Michael Schares and his nephew Thomas Adamson were both picked up by Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Deputies and have been charged with interference with official acts and harassment of a public official late last night.
Both men posted bond and were released this morning. The charges stem from a traffic stop back on December 2. Dunkerton police officer Robert Roquet pulled Adamson’s wife over and cited her for speeding.
Adamson was a passenger in the vehicle and apparently called his uncle to the scene. Roquet’s attorney says that Adamson was acting belligerently toward the officer and that Mayor Schares was also very aggressive when he arrived.
Roquet claims the mayor fired him later that evening, although the city attorney denies that accusation. Schares and Adamson have claimed that Roquet was the one who was being belligerent during the incident.
Both interference with official acts and harassment of a public official are simple misdemeanors.
By Jesse Gavin, KCNZ, Cedar Falls