A Racine County Sheriff’s deputy may need surgery to repair a broken finger he said he suffered while arresting a man for operating under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jacob Krueger, of Racine, was scheduled for an initial appearance Tuesday to face charges in Racine County Circuit Court of nine felony counts of bail jumping; one felony count of resisting arrest that caused substantial injury to a police officer; and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 60-1/3 years in prison and/or up to $101,500 in fines.
Krueger requested the adjournment so he could have his lawyer present. He will be formally charged Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint against him, deputies initiated a traffic stop Monday near the intersection of Durand Avenue and Storybrook Drive. The driver was identified as Krueger, and he admitted to taking a Seroquel pill, so deputies prepared to take him into custody for operating under the influence. During a search of Krueger’s car, deputies located a marijuana bong and a pipe, both of which had burnt marijuana residue.
Deputies say they transported Krueger to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s for a drug evaluation, and when they explained the findings of the evaluation, Krueger got violent. He was also yelling about how police ruined his life, and when he was handcuffed again, he struggled and caused a scene so officers helped remove him from the hospital.
When deputies attempted to put Krueger in the back of a squad car, he began kicking and connected with a deputy’s hand, breaking a finger that requires surgery to repair.
Krueger has three open cases involving a mix of felony and misdemeanor charges like burglary, using a firearm while intoxicated, and theft. He remains in the Racine County Jail.