Marion police sergeant accused of disobeying officer orders at Coralville Res

Orders to keep boat in place were ignored, DNR officer says

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A sergeant with the Marion Police Department is headed to trial on Oct. 30 after he was ticketed on Aug. 19 for allegedly violating no-wake boundaries at the Coralville Reservoir and then refusing to follow officer orders.

Marion Sgt. Philip Fort, who was not on duty at the time, was operating a boat at the reservoir at 4:36 p.m. Aug. 19 and was stopped by Iowa Department of Natural Resources water patrol officers for violating no-wake buoys, according to a criminal complaint.

The officers told Fort, 38, of Marion, to stay where he was while they backed the patrol boat away to write a citation, according to the complaint. The officers indicated in the report that they wanted to back their boat away to prevent scratches to the vehicle.

Fort is accused of telling the officers that if they wanted to cite him, they would have to go to his slip a docking place for his boat, according to the complaint. Officers ordered Fort three times to remain where he was, and Fort is accused of disobeying officer orders and returning to his slip anyway, according to the report.

He was charged with interference with official acts and operation in violation of buoys.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his case is set for trial on Oct. 30.

Marion Police Chief Harry Daugherty could not immediately be reached Wednesday afternoon.

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