Friday, May 13, 2011
Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster arrested!
The Misdemeanor Charges were: 1) Disorderly Conduct – Fighting/Violent/Disruptive, 2) Disorderly Conduct – Refuse to Disperse at Emergency, 3) Hindering Prosecution 2nd Degree. A Felony charge, Obstructing Criminal Investigations, was sent to La Paz County Attorney’s Office for review.
According to Quartzsite Police Dept (QPD) reports, on May 5th, Foster arrived on the scene of a “high profile drug investigation” taking place near the QPD's holding cell, in the employee parking lot located behind Town Hall. Jennifer “Jade” Harris-Jones was already on the scene locked inside her vehicle, refusing to obey police orders. Foster was “warned several times” by Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert not to interfere. “He became threatening by yelling that he was my [Gilbert’s] ‘boss’ and the ‘Mayor’ and that he was demanding an explanation.”
As Jones was being arrested, she evidently threw her keys towards Foster, who according to the report, “ran and stepped on the keys in an attempt to keep me [Gilbert] from getting them. [Gilbert] then had to physically pry his foot off of them to retrieve them.” According to Gilbert, Foster drove off before being sited at the scene.
After the arrest on Tuesday evening, Foster proceeded to lead the Town Council meeting that night. For the video, visit www.YouTube.com/user/qwatchingeyes.
A hearing has been set for June 8th, however Foster has requested a change of venue.