Columbia County authorities are looking for a Portage man who is facing 15 criminal counts stemming from a series of alleged domestic abuse incidents in early December.
Cameron Foreman, 24, was charged on Wednesday with repeated charges of strangulation, intimidation of a victim, false imprisonment, battery, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.
Portage police spoke to a woman Dec. 4 who said that she had been dating Foreman and early in the previous morning, discovered he had been in contact with another woman, leading to an argument while the two were in Foreman’s vehicle at the Portage Walmart. Foreman reportedly put his hands around the woman’s throat and squeezed.
When she had an opportunity to leave, the woman said she stayed in the car because Foreman had her phone and wouldn’t give it back to her. Among the examples of abuse over the subsequent hours, the woman told police that once they reached her house, Foreman wouldn’t let her leave the vehicle and hit her, leaving visible marks on her hips and legs.
At the time, Foreman was free on a $1,000 cash bond posted Nov. 28 after he had been arrested and charged in Columbia County with battery, intimidating a witness and disorderly conduct from incidents Nov. 11 and 12. During that period, Foreman was free on a $350 cash bond following charges in Sauk County of two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of hit-and-run involving an injury and one count of operating a vehicle while his license had been revoked.
In the hit-and-run case, Lake Delton police were called to a crash on Kalahari Drive where a 2011 Chevrolet Impala rear-ended a 2013 Dodge Journey. The Impala, reportedly driven by Foreman, fish-tailed away, spun around and did a burnout as it drove toward the driver of the Journey, who was now outside his vehicle. The Impala passed close enough that the driver-side mirror struck the man in the side as the vehicle drove away.
The Impala was later found on River Road in Portage, with Foreman and the passengers of the car then located at a Portage apartment. A woman who was sitting in the back of the car during the incident told officers, “I really could have died that day,” confirming that the Impala struck the man who had been driving the Journey, and almost hit five more vehicles including a near head-on collision. She told officers that Foreman was on probation and wanted to avoid arrest.
If convicted, Foreman could face a sentence of up to eight years in prison on the strangulation count alone.