Daniel Samson of Clearwater pled guilty to misdemeanor battery of a 77-year-old volunteer firefighter involving an incident in July.
On Sept. 19 Samson was also ordered to pay $200 in fines and court costs and given 10 days jail. The jail time was suspended.
On July 17 at 4 p.m., Lieutenant Doug Ulmer and Dep. Jason Hicks of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of battery on the Elk City Wagon Road in Clearwater.
According to a police report, firefighter Lyle Smith of Battle Ridge, Pleasant Valley, Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department stated that a grass fire spread onto Samson’s property from a neighboring
landowner’s property. Smith, who is a fully trained firefighter, said he and firefighter Keith Indish had emptied one load of water on the fire. Smith said when they attempted to leave to refill for the second time, Samson approached their vehicle and told them to get off his land; he did not want the truck on his property.
Smith said at the time, their vehicle was sitting on the Wagon Road and it was not on Samson’s property, and Smith said he advised Samson of this.
Smith said Samson again demanded they get off his property. Smith said he was sitting on the passenger side of the brush truck, when Samson was standing at the window yelling at him. Smith alleged Samson hit him in the mouth with the end of a water bottle, then swung and hit Smith in the mouth with his fist.
Smith said firefighter Dave Stacy pulled Samson back and told him to stop.
Stacy and Indish witnessed the incident and both provided statements.
“I saw Samson punch him at least once or twice through the open window,” stated Stacey in a police report.