Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford is facing four misdemeanor charges after a bar fight early Tuesday morning, according to the Lewistown Police Department.

Copies of the tickets issued to Crawford show that he was cited for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief for incidents at the Montana Tavern and for obstructing a peace officer at the Yogo Inn.

At about 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday, a bartender at the Montana Tavern in Lewistown reported to the 911 dispatch center that a large man had thrown another man through the bar's front window.

An incident report said the man ran away from the scene barefoot. At 12:33 a.m., officers tracked the man to the Yogo Inn about one-fifth of a mile away.

Officers later identified the man as Crawford, who, according to the tickets issued, is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 275 pounds.

The report says the alleged victim, a 48-year-old Pennsylvania man, was traveling through town on his way to Sturgis, S.D., and suffered cuts to his face from the altercation.

He was taken by ambulance to the Central Montana Medical Center, where he was treated and released a short time later.

"A subsequent investigation by the Lewistown Police Department has resulted in four misdemeanor citations being issued to Freedom L. Crawford," a statement from the police department said.

Further information about the incident wasn't immediately available.

The citations order Crawford to appear in Lewistown City Court by 4 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Crawford could not be reached Tuesday for comment. He was in Lewistown for an evidentiary hearing for Barry Beach, convicted in the 1979 killing of Kim Nees on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, which includes almost all of Roosevelt County.

Voters elected Crawford county sheriff in 2006.

 

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