Kyle T. Wagner, 19, Waupaca, faces felony charges in two separate criminal cases.
In one case, Wagner is charged with resisting an officer and escape. In the other case, he is charged with battery to an officer, resisting arrest and escape.
Wagner is currently on probation after being convicted in December 2010 of three counts of theft. At that time, felony charges of burglary and escape from arrest were dismissed and read into the record as part of a plea deal.
Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Studzinski was on King Road in Farmington when the vehicle in front of him braked, turned onto Pryse Road, then pulled onto the shoulder.
Studzinski stopped, turned on his emergency lights and walked to the vehicle to speak to the driver. She said she had pulled over because she wanted the vehicle behind her to go around her, according to the criminal complaint.
As he was speaking with the driver, Studzinski recognized Wagner as the front seat passenger.
There was a probation warrant for Wagner’s arrest and Studzinski ordered Wagner out of the car. As the deputy was questioning Wagner, he was distracted by a nearby speeding vehicle and Wagner reportedly took off running.
At 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, Deputy Julie Thobaben and Deputy Shane Brazile went to Wagner’s home on Amy Street in Waupaca. They found him sleeping in the basement.
According to the criminal complaint, as Brazile was attempting to handcuff him, Wagner lunged forward and shoved Thobaben into the door frame. Although she had grabbed Wagner by the shirt, Thobaben was dragged 15 to 20 feet across the floor and into a dresser.
Wagner managed to pull away and run out the back door. Brazile chased Wagner through backyards until the deputy was injured while jumping over a fence.
Wagner was subsequently arrested without incident on Saturday, June 25.