Police say a man wanted in Rock County on a battery charge resisted arrest when he was found in a Manawa bar.
Joseph J. O’Driscoll, 38, New London, is charged with resisting an officer, obstructing an officer, felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of felony bail jumping.
On June 3, 2014, O’Driscoll was charged in Rock County with substantial battery and disorderly conduct. He was released on a $300 signature bond.
On May 26, O’Driscoll failed to appear in court for a scheduled hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On July 10, Manawa police were informed there was a warrant for O’Driscoll, who had just been seen at TK Bar and Grill.
Manawa Officers Zachary Boyer and Jordan Nissen and Marion Officer Eric Krause went to the bar, where they found a man matching O’Driscoll’s description.
According to the criminal complaint, when Boyer asked the man if his name was “Joseph,” he said, “No, my name is Bill.” He also said he did not have his driver’s license with him.
Boyer asked the man to step outside. The bartender said he did not know the man, but that his first name was “Joe.”
Boyer then told O’Driscoll that he knew who he was and that he was under arrest.
O’Driscoll then began to walk away, and two of the officers grabbed him by his arm, the complaint says. A struggle ensued as Boyer and Nissen tried to handcuff O’Driscoll. They fell to the ground.
During the arrest, Krause deployed his stun gun three times before the officers were able to control O’Driscoll.
After his arrest, officers reported finding a small amount of marijuana and a pipe in O’Driscoll’s pocket.