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Quincy man charged in February high-speed chase, domestic disturbance waives jury trial

Robert Sparks
Posted: Jun. 13, 2018 7:45 pm Updated: Jun. 13, 2018 8:16 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy man charged in connection with a February domestic disturbance and high-speed pursuit in north Quincy that led to a lockdown at Blessing Hospital has waived his right to a jury trial.

Robert D. Sparks is set to return to court Aug. 1 for a status hearing in the case after a brief status hearing Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

His case had been on the July jury trial docket.

Sparks, 46, has pleaded not guilty 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 connection with 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, where police said they found a 49-year-old woman who showed signs that she had been battered.

About 10:15 a.m., a patrol officer found Sparks at 22nd and College. Officers pursued Sparks for 15 minutes until he was caught in the Knapheide Manufacturing parking lot at 30th and Koch's Lane.

He was taken to Blessing Hospital for treatment of self-inflected injuries. The hospital had been under a lockdown until his arrest.

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

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