A jury found Dorie Lee Thomas, 35, of P.O. Box 106, Bellevue, not guilty of assault upon a peace officer while displaying a dangerous weapon. The jury did find Thomas guilty of eluding officers, as well as guilty of interference with official acts.
An initial charge of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent has been dismissed.
Thomas was charged after a traffic stop Aug. 15 that escalated into a four-hour standoff ending with tear gas in Maquoketa.
The incident began at about 8:06 p.m. near the intersection of Otto and Platt streets in Maquoketa. At that time, Thomas and his brother, Derrick, were in a vehicle that was squealing its front tires, which is why officers stopped the vehicle, Assistant Maquoketa Police Chief Brendan Zeimet said at the time of the incident.
Dorie Thomas refused to identify himself, then drove away from the traffic stop. The charge of assault on an officer stemmed from an allegation that Thomas almost hit an officer when he drove off from the traffic stop.
The Thomas brothers then barricaded themselves in one of the Maquoketa Park Apartments at 1010 German St. Members of the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team broke the apartment window and threw tear gas canisters inside. No weapons were found.
The Thomas brothers exited the apartment through an unbroken window because the door had been damaged when officers tried to gain entry earlier in the evening.
Derrick Thomas also was arrested and charged with interference with official acts. He pleaded guilty to that charge, served a day in jail, and was fined $250.
The sheriff recommended a reduced sentence, stating that Dorie Thomas had already served 110 days without incident and on good behavior.