A Baraboo man was tased and arrested after he threatened to kill an officer in a Lake Delton tavern, authorities say.
Prosecutors have charged Tezmar Caldwell, 32, with threatening a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and bail jumping in relation to an incident Sunday night.
According to the criminal complaint, Lake Delton Police Department officers were called to Bobber’s Bar and Grill just before 8:30 p.m. for a fight in progress. Two bar patrons allegedly told the officers Caldwell was intoxicated, and that one of them had recently used a choke hold to subdue him during an altercation.
An officer reported that he introduced himself to Caldwell and explained why he was there before asking him to leave. He allegedly told Caldwell there would be no further action taken if he left.
Using several expletives, Caldwell threatened to beat the officers up, according to the complaint. An officer reported that he continued to give Caldwell the chance to leave peacefully, but he would not.
Caldwell allegedly made a gun shape with his hand, pointed it at one of the officers, swore at him and alleged the officer had once pulled him over in his “$100,000 car.” He then threatened to kill one of the officers, prosecutors say.
One of the officers reported that Caldwell appeared poised to fight. They arrested him and one of them deployed his Taser while attempting to restrain him, according to the complaint.
After he was taken to the squad car, Caldwell allegedly threatened the lives of both officers, saying “I’m going to buy a gun so I can kill y’all (expletives).”
In court Wednesday, Sauk County Assistant District Attorney Sue Mueller requested a cash bail for Caldwell, saying he had a “violent history” and was “very uncooperative” upon arriving at the jail.
Public defender Leonie Dolch said Caldwell has ties to the area, works, and says he has never missed court dates in prior cases. She requested a signature bond, or a cash bond of $200 or less if one was necessary.
Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Klicko set Caldwell’s cash bail at $200. If released, he must maintain absolute sobriety and not leave the state. Caldwell is scheduled to return to court Nov. 10.
Caldwell also is facing misdemeanor domestic battery and disorderly conduct charges related to an Aug. 22 incident.