Reserve sergeant released on bail

A magistrate on Monday set bail at $1,800 for reserve Sergeant Tess Pratt.

Pratt, 33, spent the weekend in custody, because her suretors were not present at her arraignment late Friday afternoon.

The court was supposed to close at 2:30 p.m, but staff remained in place due to Pratt’s arraignment that occurred shortly before 4 p.m.

Pratt faced multiple minor offenses, including breaches of the emergency orders.

Prosecutors allege Pratt used obscene language to the annoyance of PC 4060 Outten on August 24.

She’s further accused of assaulting Outten, causing damage to his uniform and resisting arrest at the same time.

Additionally, on August 27, Pratt allegedly broke COVID-19 emergency order rules by failing to wear a mask and failure to adhere to social distancing protocols while at Toote Shop Corner.

During that incident Pratt allegedly behaved in a disorderly manner and resisted arrest.

Although Pratt didn’t have a lawyer at her initial court appearance, Bjorn Ferguson appeared on her behalf on Monday.

Ferguson argued that failing to wear a mask was not an arrestable offense, as tickets were issued for mask breaches.

Pratt also withdrew her guilty plea to the obscene language charge.

Pratt returns to court for trial on November 19.

She was expected to be officially dismissed from the police reserves yesterday.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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