Timothy W. Benson, 24, and Derrick J. Pagel, 24, both of Waupaca, were charged with obstructing an officer. Benson was also charged with felony bail jumping.
On the night of Sept. 23, Deputy Pat McClone responded to a 911 call on Emmons Creek Road near Williams Drive in Dayton.
The caller said she believed somebody was outside her house because her dogs were going crazy.
As McClone drove along Emmons Creek Road, then down Williams Drive toward its cul-de-sac, he passed a green 2003 Chevy Malibu.
The deputy illuminated the Chevy with his spotlight and saw two men sitting in the vehicle. When he stopped to speak with the men, they exited the car and ran into the woods, according to the criminal complaint.
McClone could not see the men in the dark, but he could hear one of them crashing through the woods. He followed the sound until he made contact with the man, identified as Pagel, and arrested him.
McClone escorted Pagel back to his squad car and conducted a pat-down search. Several of Pagel’s belongings, including a cellphone, were placed on the hood of the squad car.
A records check of the Chevy indicated it belonged to Benson.
While McClone was questioning Pagel, Pagel’s cellphone rang. The deputy answered it, spoke with Benson and arranged that they meet at the jail.
Benson told McClone he had been at Pagel’s home on Williams Drive, drinking, when they decided to go out to his parked car, listen to music and talk. According to the criminal complaint, Benson said he ran from the car because he thought he would be cited for drunken driving. Although the car was parked, the keys were in the ignition.
On May 8, Benson was charged with felony possession of narcotics and released on a $2,000 signature bond.
On July 3, Benson appeared in court on felony heroin and cocaine charges and was released on a $2,000 signature bond.