Skateboarder accused of obstructing traffic, resisting arrest

WATERTOWN, NY —   Cleveland Ballard II, 21, homeless, was charged by Watertown police at 11:07 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, on Black River Parkway with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Mr. Ballard is accused of “obstructing westbound traffic in the 300 block of State Street by riding a skateboard in front of and around vehicles causing them to stop and/or swerve to avoid him,” at about 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents.

He additionally “refused to comply with a police sergeant using vehicle emergency lights, sirens and verbal commands to stop him to be identified regarding the investigation into the disorderly conduct offense. The defendant refused to comply and stop by continuing away from the patrol vehicle on his skateboard and making several turns to attempt to get away from the officer,” according to court documents.

He also allegedly “pulled away from officers, refused to provide his hands to be handcuffed, kicked and tried to flee despite numerous orders to stop resisting the arrest and comply,” according to court documents.

Mr. Ballard is summoned to appear Aug. 14 in City Court.