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Racine police say a 40-year-old Racine man is facing several misdemeanor charges – including for domestic violence – after he spent two days drinking and fighting with his family and had to be tasered twice in order to take him into custody.
We are not naming the man to protect other members of his family.
The man was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of battery and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse assessments; lewd and lascivious behavior; and obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to 2-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $22,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 15 to the emergency room of Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s for a report of an injury to a child by their father. When police arrived, the child told them their father had been drinking for two days straight and was starting fights with everyone in the house, including their grandfather who was in the basement. When the child went down to the family basement to try and calm their dad down, the argument got physical, and the child used a plastic Tiki statue in self-defense.
Police say the man threw the statue at the child, causing an visible injury with pain and swelling that prompted another family member to take the child to the hospital. The man returned upstairs and called someone for a ride. Before he left, though, he was seen urinating in the front yard and damaged the family mailbox on his way to the car.
When officers located the man at another relative’s house, he was hiding in the bathroom and refused to come out, the complaint reads. Police convinced the man to exit the bathroom, and he denied that anything happened at his house with his family. The man did admit to pulling his pants down outside, but he said he had nothing to do with damage to the mailbox.
When police tried to place the man under arrest, they say he yelled, “No, I’m not!” and tightened his arms so officers could not put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. Officers deployed their taser into the man’s upper right back near his underarm, but he still resisted so they issued another charge. After the second tasing, the man stopped resisting and was taken into custody.
Because the man repeatedly banged his head against the side of the transport vehicle on the way to the Racine County Jail, he had to be medically cleared at St. Mary’s before he could be booked, the complaint reads.
The man remains in the Racine County Jail on $3,000 cash bond with the condition that he not have anything to do with anyone who lives at his residence. His next court date is March 26 for a pre-trial conference.