Police & Courts

Quincy man faces bench trial in February high-speed chase, domestic disturbance case

Robert Sparks
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 4:20 pm Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 4:32 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy man who reportedly led police on a high-speed pursuit after a domestic disturbance that led to a lockdown at Blessing Hospital is set for a bench trial.

Court records show that Robert D. Sparks was in Adams County Circuit Court on Wednesday morning, where a two-day bench trial was set for Dec. 13 and 14 before Judge Robert Adrian.

Sparks, 46, had waived his right to a jury trial at a June 13 court appearance.

He had pleaded not guilty April 4 to charges of aggravated domestic battery, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, domestic battery, aggravated fleeing to elude a peace officer and aggravated assault in the Feb. 22 incident. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault.

Sparks was arrested after a disturbance the morning of Feb. 22 in the 500 block of North 22nd Street, where police said they found a 49-year-old woman who showed signs that she had been battered.

Later that morning, a patrol officers found Sparks at 22nd and College, and Sparks reportedly fled police for 15 minutes until he was apprehended in the Knapheide Manufacturing Co. parking lot at 30th and Koch's Lane.

He was taken to Blessing Hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries. The hospital had been under lockdown until his arrest, after he reportedly threatened the woman who was in the hospital.

Sparks is being held in the Adams County Jail on $1 million bond.

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