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Caledonia police say a 23-year-old man was drunk when he got into a fight in the parking lot of KMart and then punched an officer in the nose.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday to the parking lot of KMart, 5141 Douglas Avenue, for a report of two men fighting. When police arrived, one man was already gone, but Perez was lying on the cement wearing only a pair of shorts and complaining of leg pain.
Officers say Perez attempted to get up, but they advised him to stay down and that rescue was on the way. Perez smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. When he tried again to get up, police told him to sit down, and Perez lunged at the officer, striking them in the nose.
Perez was forced to the ground, the complaint reads, and taken into custody for transport to the hospital for medical clearance. He had to be restrained, and during his time in the emergency room, Perez yelled profanities and threatened officers repeatedly, including issuing death threats and harm to officers’ family members.
At one point during transport to the Racine County Jail, police say they had to stop and spray Perez in the face with pepper spray. Perez remained combative even as he was being booked into RCJ, requiring the assistance of officers from other agencies.
Perez remains in RCJ on a $5,000 cash bond and will next be in court Aug. 25 for his preliminary hearing.