Racine police say a 35-year-old man had to be tased last weekend after he punched a man and choked a woman.
Jacob Brumley, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of strangulation and threatening a police officer as well as two misdemeanor counts of battery and one misdemeanor count of obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to 14-1/3 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called 6:57 p.m. Saturday to Curmudgeon’s Bar on Rapids Drive for a report of an assault. When officers arrived, they found a woman who said Brumley choked her and that he was sitting in a silver car in the driveway.
Police say the woman told them she and Brumley got into an argument inside the bar and went outside where the argument continued. Another man came outside and tried to get in between them, and Brumley punched the man in the jaw. Brumley swung at the man again but hit the woman instead.
The woman was wearing a scarf, the complaint reads, and Brumley got hold of it and twisted it, choking the woman. The other man and an unrelated witness both corroborated the woman’s story.
Officers say Brumley told them that he’d been in a fight with his fiancee earlier, and she’d gone home. Police determined that Brumley’s fiancee wasn’t in town and hadn’t been for some time. While he was speaking to officers, Brumley threatened to “beat the (expletive) out of the officer.” Because he was “highly intoxicated,” officers transported Brumley to the hospital for medical clearance where he had to be tased because he wouldn’t calm down.
Brumley remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond and will next be in court Nov. 2 for his preliminary hearing.
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