TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC - A town police officer had his own Taser turned against him during a felony traffic stop early Friday, July 7.
Shortly after 7:30 a.m., officers from the town police department stopped a vehicle that sheriff's deputies in Dodge County had been pursuing earlier that morning, according to police.
During a felony stop with their guns drawn, police approached the suspect's car on Lange Road north of the Highway 16 and 67 interchange, according to town Police Chief James Wallis. Three suspects were inside the car.
Police removed the driver, who initially cooperated but eventually became uncooperative, Wallis said. An officer then deployed his Taser.
"The subject attempted to run, and a scuffle ensued, and an officer was disarmed of the Taser, and the subject turned and used it on one of my officers,” Wallis said.
The driver then attempted to flee into a nearby swamp area but was tackled by two other officers.
All three suspects, who are from the Fox Lake area, were arrested, and police have recommended charges including driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and eluding. The driver will likely also face one charge of disarming an officer and two counts of battery to a police officer, Wallis said.
The officer who was struck with the Taser went to the hospital but was quickly released, Wallis said. A city of Oconomowoc police officer injured his finger during the stop. The suspect driver was taken to the hospital but was quickly released.
Police have not released the suspects' names pending formal charges.
Dodge County chase
The incident began at 5:56 a.m. in Dodge County on Highway S near Juneau, said Capt. Scott Mittelstadt of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office. A caller said a car was driving on someone's lawn.
The dispatch center received multiple other calls of reckless driving, including one describing the car driving in a corn field, Mittelstadt said.
The car was stuck at one point after crashing on Washington Road in the town of Ashippun, but the driver freed the car and fled just as deputies arrived.
Sheriff's deputies pursued the car to just north of of the Waukesha County line, where deputies ended the pursuit. Shortly after, town of Oconomowoc police made the stop on Lange Road.