A Lake Hallie man is facing a felony charge of intoxicated driving 6th offense after fleeing through several yards and a cornfield after a traffic stop, resisting a blood draw and claiming to be deaf after holding conversations with law enforcement.
According to a Tuesday press release from the Lake Hallie Police Department:
On Monday, Lake Hallie police stopped Brian E. Nelson, 36, of Lake Hallie, driving a Honda Civic on 130th Street for a vehicle registration violation. Nelson told officers he was “Kathy,” the name of Nelson’s mother and the car’s registered owner.
After making contact with Nelson, the officers walked back to their vehicle. Nelson sped away from the scene, driving through the a subdivision known as the Horgan Addition, travelling between 55 and 70 miles per hour and making his way through “at least one residential yard.”
Nelson continued to drive at 40 to 50 miles per hour in 25 mile per hour zones, through several more backyards and a cornfield, toward his residence at the end of 43rd Avenue.
Nelson parked and attempted to walk away, but refused to cooperate when officers stopped him, “hiding his hands and kicking his feet.” Officers used a Taser on Nelson, but he still resisted entering the patrol vehicle. Officers suspected Nelson was intoxicated, and eventually drove him to a hospital for a blood draw, the department said.
At the hospital, Nelson had to be carried inside and refused to give consent for a blood draw. He then attempted to physically trip the officers, the department alleges, and claimed he was legally deaf, despite speaking with people in the officers’ presence.
After officers got a search warrant, a blood draw was eventually conducted. Nelson was arrested and charged with a felony OWI 6th offense, felony fleeing from traffic officers, resisting arrest and felony bail jumping. He was also cited for reckless driving and operating without required lamps lit.
It will be up to the Chippewa County District Attorney’s office to decide if charges will be filed in Chippewa County court.
On Dec. 7, Judge James Isaacson set a $2,500 cash bond for Nelson. Nelson is to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Isaacson ordered Nelson to submit to daily preliminary alcohol breath tests at the Chippewa County Jail or enroll in the Soberlink or IDIP programs.