Man pulled from river this summer now faces charges

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By Shannon Brock


A Mount Washington man who was somewhat unwillingly pulled from the Salt River in July now faces several charges stemming from that incident.
Charles David Kummer, 50, of Mount Washington, has entered a not guilty plea to second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and second-degree criminal trespassing.
Firefighters, EMS and the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department responded in mid-July to reports that a vehicle had gotten stuck in the river, swollen from recent rains, and that its driver eventually ended up going downstream himself.
First responders found Kummer in approximately chest-high water and removed him.
Kummer initiated a physical altercation with Sgt. Todd Tinsley, which resulted in Tinsley’s uniform being ripped.
Because of the altercation, Tinsley deployed the use of force via a stun gun to get the man under control.
Tinsley and Lt. Col. Jonathan Bentley of the sheriff’s department, several members of the fire department and personnel from EMS entered the water in rescue efforts.
The man could be heard yelling back and forth with deputies as they made their way up the embankment.
Kummer was on Friday’s district court docket, but is currently incarcerated in Bullitt County on separate charges and was not present in the courtroom. His attorney, Public Defense Attorney Stephen Wright, informed Judge Donna Dutton why Kummer was not present.
According to the Bullitt County Detention Center website, Kummer was still in custody as of Tuesday morning for violating an emergency protective order/domestic violence order.
Wright said he expected the issue of competency to be raised in both cases, and Dutton set Kummer’s next Spencer County court date for Oct. 24.
County Attorney Ruth Hollan said she would ask Kummer’s bond to be revoked because one of his bond conditions was that he not pick up any new charges.