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Hastings man guilty of police battery

A Hastings man was found guilty to two counts of battery to emergency rescue workers and one count of police battery Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court.

Randy S. LaCoursiere, 28, entered an Alford plea on all three counts as part of the agreement. An Alford plea means the defendant does not admit the act, but admits the prosecution could likely prove the charges. He will be sentenced 11 a.m., May 29.

According to the criminal complaint, Prescott police were advised of a possible domestic dispute last September, involving LaCoursiere, who already left the scene.

Police caught up with him, and immediately knew he was drunk. When asked about the alleged incident, he started walking away. Police ordered him to stop and turn around and talk. He responded with a profanity.

After being handcuffed and put in the back of a squad car, he asked for a cigarette so he would be more cooperative. Police said no, he responded with "I'm in a jurisdiction to smoke a cigarette."

LaCoursiere then submitted to a blood test with the results registering a .261. His anger wasn't subsiding, so Police pulled him out to restrain him further. As Officer Jeff Beltz was holding him down, LaCoursiere fought his way onto his side and kicked Beltz in the left leg. He then pounded his head on the pavement and spat a large amount of blood at Beltz.

Due to a forehead injury, an EMT was called and it was determined LaCoursiere would be taken to the River Falls Area Hospital.

En route, Beltz, who was riding in the ambulance, saw LaCoursiere punch an Ellsworth medic in the groin.

LaCoursiere's soon-to-be legal troubles continued once he arrived at River Falls. He spit saliva at the face of one nurse while a catheter was inserted and screamed profanities at each nurse and threatened to kill them.

Minutes later, he kicked another nurse in the hip and thigh area. A fellow nurse claimed he grabbed and punched both her forearms and also kicked her in the stomach. He also made a lewd remark toward a River Falls police officer.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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