Ex-Washoe County prosecutor will have to answer to charges of speeding and resisting the police

An ex-Washoe County prosecutor will have to answer charges that he sped through Carson City on his motorcycle and resisted police after he was pulled over.

A complaint against former Washoe Chief Deputy District Attorney David Stanton was filed Tuesday in Carson City Justice Court by Noel Waters, Carson City's district attorney.

It alleges that on Oct. 27 Stanton, while en route to a law enforcement training session, exceeded the speed limit on a 25 mph section of Carson Street by more than 30 mph and, after being pulled over, resisted, obstructed or delayed a peace officer.

Both charges are misdemeanor offenses punishable with a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The Nevada Highway Patrol officials said they requested the criminal complaint because when they had Stanton pulled over he struggled with a patrolman.

Three sheriff's deputies from Washoe County were on their way to Gardnerville when they saw they traffic stop and pulled over to assist. They handcuffed Stanton, but eventually released him without a citation.

Stanton, 39, resigned from his position in the district attorney's office Friday.

Waters said the case will likely show up in Carson City Justice Court in three to four weeks.

"It's certainly premature to try to figure out what might happen in this case," he said.

Stanton got some good news Tuesday in the unrelated civil case.

Washoe County District Judge Jerry Polaha dismissed a 3-year-old lawsuit filed by a Reno man who accused Stanton of false imprisonment.

Tim Scott had accused Stanton of assault and other charges in a 1996 traffic run-in after Scott had made an obscene gesture at Stanton.


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