Deputy tases OWI suspect
Police say an Iola man with five prior drunk driving convictions resisted arrest.
Jeremiah D. Hoffman, 39, is charged with felony operating while intoxicated, operating after revocation and resisting an officer.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Iola Police Officer Curtis Field was northbound on South Main Street when an oncoming truck swerved into his lane of traffic. The truck then swerved back into its own lane and passed by Field’s squad car.
According to the criminal complaint, the truck accelerated as Field turned around and activated his emergency lights.
As he caught up with the truck, Field reported that it slowed down, then suddenly accelerated and performed a burnout, causing its tires to smoke.
Field continued to follow the vehicle into a driveway on Amundson Road, south of the village of Iola. He called for backup from the county.
The driver, identified as Hoffman, exited his vehicle.
Field asked Hoffman why he just did a burnout. Hoffman reportedly replied he did not know what Field was talking about and then said the officer had no reason to stop him, so he was going into his house.
Waupaca County Deputy Kyle Wiskirchen arrived to assist. He and Field reported that Hoffman refused to allow them to cuff his hands behind his back.
During the ensuing struggle, Wiskirchen used his stun gun twice in order to make Hoffman comply.
Because Hoffman did not consent to having his blood drawn, a court order was issued, and Hoffman was cited for refusal to take an intoxication test after his arrest.
He is scheduled to appear in court for a Nov. 8 hearing on the immediate revocation of his driver’s license.
According to court records, Hoffman’s license was revoked in June 2014 and has not been reinstated.