The madcap fan accused of knocking out a Seattle police officer -- on Christmas Eve no less -- during the final home game of the Seattle Seahawks season has been charged with felony assault. Things could have been worse for the downed officer had it not been for a San Francisco 49ers fan.
According to the charging papers, police at CenturyLink Field rushed to Section 130, only to find the 49er fan fighting on the ground, pulling the assailant away from the cop by the neck. Witnesses told police that the injured policeman was called after the unruly fan -- Andrew D. Weaver -- refused to go back to his seat in the 300 level.
Weaver, who is a Federal Way resident, was being escorted back to his more modest-priced seat after cursing at ushers. Suddenly, a Seattle detective told the court, Weaver, 27, spun and allegedly punched the cop in the stomach.
He then "bull-rushed" the officer, causing the officer to smash his head against a concrete wall -- an appropriate metaphor for the manner in which the Seahawks conducted themselves in the final minutes of five of their nine losses.
Medics managed to revive the officer, who ended up with a very sore jaw and some memory loss.
Weaver was jailed and released after posting a $5,000 bond. He has not yet entered a plea to the third-degree assault charge.