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Former Senate candidate Carl Loser charged with assaulting Henrico Police officer

Posted at 1:49 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 00:00:32-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Carl Loser, the Libertarian candidate who ran for the 10th District Virginia Senate Seat in 2015, was charged with assault on law enforcement following a New Year's Day incident. It began when police stopped Loser, 25, for speeding along Lauderdale Drive near Carver Elementary School at about 9:47 p.m.

"The officer was attempting to explain and issue the summons for speeding while the driver, identified as Loser, debated the summons," Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley said. "Loser then rolled up his window before signing the summons, closing it on the officer’s hand. Loser was taken into custody and charged with assault on law enforcement."

Loser faces a mandatory six months in jail if convicted of felony assault.

“If you commit this sort of offense on anybody else, it would be a misdemeanor,” said Defense Attorney Todd Stone.  “If you do it to a law enforcement officer in uniform, it automatically becomes a felony.”

Carl Loser (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Carl Loser (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

When contacted about the incident, Loser disputed the charge.

"I am innocent. Check their Body Cameras," the Powhatan man said. "I cannot comment further until I speak with an attorney."

More than 500 people voted for Loser in the 2015 General Assembly election. The winner, Republican Glen Sturtevant, received more than 27,000 votes.