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Man accused of assaulting woman, leading police on State Street pursuit

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A Watertown man is behind bars at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $30,000 cash bail after he allegedly assaulted a woman and then tried to flee police.

City police said the string of events started about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, when Gene D. Rivers III, 27, of 1000 Huntington St., slapped and punched Stacy R. Shute, of 1708 Ohio St., Apt. 121, at her residence. Police said that he punched her several times in the face and head, causing severe bruising, swelling, scrapes and pain. Additionally, Mr. Rivers was accused of placing his hands around her neck and applying pressure, obstructing her breathing. The alleged assault violated an order of protection issued by City Court on July 18, 2013, valid until July.

When police responded to the Ohio Street residence at 12:25 p.m., police said, Mr. Rivers hopped into his 2001 Saturn and fled the scene after two officers in marked police vehicles with emergency lights and sirens activated ordered him to stop. He fled on the 100 block of Eastern Boulevard and turned west onto State Street, where police said he reached speeds in excess of 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.

At 12:45 p.m., police finally apprehended him at 1014 State St., Before he was arrested, Mr. Rivers allegedly prevented several officers from arresting him by placing his body against a door to prevent officers from entering and failed to comply with numerous commands to place his hands behind his back.

He was charged at the State Street residence with first-degree aggravated criminal contempt, a class D felony; criminal obstruction of breathing, third-degree assault, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. He also was cited with 10 traffic infractions: two counts each of failure to keep right, improper lane use and failure to stop at a stop sign, and one count each of speeding, unreasonable speed, not wearing a seat belt and a headlight violation.

At 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, Mr. Rivers was also charged with second-degree criminal trespass. City police said that while fleeing officers, Mr. Rivers entered and remained in the residence of Tina M. Delaney, 1014 State St.

He was taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, arraigned in City Court and sent back to the jail.

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