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*UPDATED* Spencer Fisher Arrested in Iowa

(Hopefully the meter maid didn’t give Spencer that shiner.) 

UFC lightweight Spencer Fisher was arrested in Bettendorf, Iowa on Tuesday for "interfering with an official act," which could mean anything from tearing up a parking ticket a meter maid was writing him to refusing to allow animal control to take his dog that had gotten loose from his yard.

He was released on $300 bond on his own recognizance.

Here’s the section of the Iowa criminal code that deals with the misdemeanor charge:

719.1 Interference with Official Acts.
1. A person who … who knowingly resists or obstructs the service or execution by any authorized person of any civil or criminal process or order of any court, commits a serious misdemeanor. …
3. The terms “resist” and “obstruct,” as used in this section, do not include verbal harassment unless the verbal harassment is accompanied by a present ability and apparent intention to execute a verbal threat physically.

Here’s a further description of the charge from the Sioux City Police:

A person who knowingly resists or obstructs anyone known by the person to be a civilian city employee in the performance of any act which is within the scope of the lawful duty or authority of that employee commits a simple misdemeanor. However, this section shall not apply to interference with a peace officer, firefighter, or any authorized person serving or executing civil or criminal process or court order. This section does not apply if a person commits an interference with official acts as defined in this section and in so doing inflicts bodily injury or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury or displays a dangerous weapon or is armed with a firearm. The terms “resist” and “obstruct” as used in this section, do not include verbal harassment unless the verbal harassment is accompanied by a present ability and apparent intention to execute a verbal threat physically. (Ord. 99-8131; 90/T-8391)

So in a nutshell, Fisher didn’t assault anyone, didn’t threaten anyone and didn’t have an altercation of any kind with a police officer. He simply tried to prevent a city employee from doing his or her job.

The first thing that popped into my mind when I heard this was, "I wonder if Tim Sylvia was the officer he was preventing from doing his job?" but then I remembered Big Tim works in Illinois.

Now THAT would have been a story.

Tim’s fed up with being the brunt of Spencer’s jokes about wearing his new Powerhouse World Promotions heavyweight championship belt everywhere he goes, so Sylvia tries to have Fisher’s car towed and impounded from the parking lot before practice is over at Miletich’s and all hell breaks loose.

Bettendorf Police Department’s records department informed us this morning that we would have to apply for the arrest report in writing or in person.

Attempts by CagePotato to contact Fisher by telephone were unsuccessful as of time of writing, but we’ll be sure to update the story as more details become available.

Fisher is set to take on Kurt Warburton at UFC 120 on October 16 in London, England but a petty charge like this won’t affect his ability to travel.

*UPDATE* According to a new report from MMAJunkie, in following up on our tip about Fisher’s arrest with Spencer’s manager Mickey Dubberly, Dan Stupp says that the incident allegedly revolved around a parking violation.

Here’s Dubberly’s take on what happened as relayed to him by Fisher:

"Spencer went to pick up his daughters from school, and he doubled parked because there were no other parking spaces available," Dubberly stated in an email to "The police asked Spencer to move his car, and Spencer stated he would only be a second. The police asked him again to move his car, and Spencer kept proceeding to pick up his daughters from school."

He was arrested as he tried to get back in his vehicle with his daughters.

Dubberly says he’s confident the charge will be dropped.

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cecils_pupils- August 27, 2010 at 10:57 am
What makes this story so unbelievable is that the arresting officer was Pat Militich.
DARKHORSE06- August 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Those cops sound like prime cuts of douche. Good job Spencer!
fatbellyfrank- August 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Sounds pretty fucked up to me, I pick up my kids from school pretty regularly and I would do exactly what Spencer did, geez must have been Officer Pettylittlecunt who was on duty that day
agentsmith- August 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Arrested for a parking violation? Who pissed in that meter maid's coffee?
2DaDeath- August 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm
@ Rwilson:

I'm pretty sure there's more to the story too, considering this new info came from a guy that promotes and markets Fisher for a living.

Plus his first name is Mickey. Imagine having that name, and trying to pick up chick's at a bar. "Hi my name's Mickey. Can I buy you a drink of my choice?"
RwilsonR- August 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm
Compared to a lot of people (mainly my pothead friends), I'm usually pretty pro-police, because I think a lot of jackasses that complain about being hassled by cops genuinely deserve to be hassled by cops, and we all are better for it. But what a stupid arrest to be made.

So they cuffed him and tossed him in the car in front of his daughters, and then left them at school to find other transportation home? All because he was double parked? Why couldn't they just throw a parking ticket on his windshield and be done with it?

Assuming that is all there is to this story, those cops are complete fucking assholes!
MoTropolis- August 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm
War Machine would appreciate the shout out DWFan.
DanaWhiteFan77- August 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm
There are a handful of genuinely nice guys in the UFC and they managed to arrest one of them.
Charming Charlie- August 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm
Chandella is hot, for the record. She doesn't look like Mr. Ed anymore than Celeste looks like Pat Morita.
C-Bus Allstar- August 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Sad thing about her being on "Horse & Hound", she'll be posing for both parts.
Mike Russell- August 26, 2010 at 11:56 am
 Gee. I wonder where MMAJunkie heard this story from.hxxp://
Reverend_Clint- August 26, 2010 at 11:13 am
I bet he was trying to stop two relatives from producing a child... that's an officially sanctioned act in Iowa
RwilsonR- August 26, 2010 at 10:55 am
Actually Viva, I heard she will be on the cover of "Horse & Hound" in October.
DAN THE VIKING- August 26, 2010 at 10:52 am
@MoTropolis, I dont get it?
Is hard to kidnap kids to sell on the sex-trade market when there is a witness?
Viva Hate- August 26, 2010 at 10:23 am
I would like to a correct a comment above, Chandella is actually doing a collectors series of magazines. This October she will be on the cover of Fox Trot, Hot Chocolate, Beaver Hunt, and Swank. I did not think these mags could feature bestiality but I guess I am wrong. Collect all 4.
flyingogoplata- August 26, 2010 at 10:22 am
RWilsonR - solid comment my friend...well done
El Famous Burrito- August 26, 2010 at 10:17 am
Gens Pulver (who tweets me all the time) said that Fisher was distracting pothole-fillers with his hilarious WWE impressions, including X-Pac as well as his go-to Ric Flair WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
RwilsonR- August 26, 2010 at 10:16 am
Arianny's doing what now?

Thanks for the info Fried Taco. That's the best news I've heard all day.

Much better than the announcement that Chandella is doing National Geographic.
Turd Furgeson- August 26, 2010 at 10:05 am
Lol @ c-bus.

I've only been arrested twice, but both times I was wearing shorts and no shoes, and they keep that holding cell cold. Sucked.
MoTropolis- August 26, 2010 at 10:02 am
I know I wouldnt be able to get my job done with that creepy looking bastid any where near me. This is a great opportunity for any posters below me to imply I have some homo-erotic job and then fail at an attempt to be funny about it.
C-Bus Allstar- August 26, 2010 at 9:57 am
*takedown, lay-n-pray*
Fried Taco- August 26, 2010 at 9:56 am
Where's the Arianny Celeste doing Playboy article? I've been masturbating non-stop since it was announced. Y'know, just to get into practice.