Daniel R. Pena, 24, New London, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, obstructing an officer and fleeing an officer.
Shortly after midnight on March 11, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputies Chad Repinski and Matt Whitaker were fueling their patrol cars in New London when they saw a brown Chevy Malibu, parked at the gas station with its lights on and its engine running. A green blanket was hanging out of the closed driver’s side door and trailing onto the ground.
Repinski walked over to the car and tapped on the window. The male driver rolled down his window slightly and Repinski noticed the aroma of marijuana.
Repinski told the driver to roll the window down farther. The driver asked if he was being detained and Repinski said yes.
According to the criminal complaint, the driver rolled the window back up, accelerated abruptly in reverse a few feet, then accelerated forward and took off. Repinski jumped out of the way to avoid having his feet run over.
The deputies attempted to pursue the vehicle, but were unable to find it.
They traced the vehicle to Pena’s girlfriend, who denied knowing where he was, the complaint says.
New London police later arrested Pena at the girlfriend’s room at the America’s Best Value Inn.
During the April 6 arrest, Pena reportedly struggled with police and was later charged with two counts of battery to an officer, resisting an officer, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, delivery of marijuana and possession of an illegally obtained prescription drug.
After Pena’s arrest in New London, several law enforcement agencies from other counties reopened criminal proceedings against him.
In April 2012, Pena was charged with intentionally pointing a firearm at a person, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct in Outagamie County. He failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is now scheduled for a July 23 jury trial there and the Outagamie County court has set a $10,000 cash bond as a condition of his release from custody.
In October 2011, Pena was charged with battery, criminal damage to property and two counts of disorderly conduct in Winnebago County. He failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is scheduled for a July 8 jury trial from the Waupaca County jail.
In September 2011, Pena was charged with resisting an officer and criminal damage in Brown County. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Brown County court records indicate Pena is known by at least five aliases.