After twice being Tased while fleeing officers, a 27-year-old Baraboo man has been arrested and charged with methamphetamine possession and other offenses. His associate also faces felony drug charges.
Matthew J. Cypcar faces 10 charges after police say he twice evaded officers who sought to arrest him. He escaped an Aug. 1 traffic stop by fleeing into a wooded area in the town of Delton – despite being struck by a Taser probe – but was apprehended two days later in West Baraboo.
If convicted of felony charges of meth possession and bail jumping, Cypcar faces up to 15.5 years in jail and $30,000 in fines. Misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer, possessing drug paraphernalia and jumping bail carry total penalties of more than five years in prison and fines up to $60,000.
Cypcar is due in court for a preliminary hearing Aug. 16 before Judge Patricia Barrett.
Cypcar and Mackenzie Griffiths were leaving a cell phone store Aug. 1 in Lake Delton when they were spotted by Sauk County Sheriff’s Detective Drew Bulin, who recognized the vehicle they were traveling in. He knew both were being investigated for break-ins and burglaries in the area. He also knew Cypcar was wanted on felony arrest warrants.
He pulled them over and noticed Cypcar had moved to the back seat to hide. Bulin informed Cypcar he was under arrest, but he allegedly fled into nearby woods. Bulin deployed his Taser, striking Cypcar with at least one probe, but the suspect continued to scramble through the woods. Cypcar escaped on foot, as officers were unable to locate him despite help from a K9 unit.
Back at the scene, officers allegedly collected bags and containers used to transport illegal drugs, as well as other paraphernalia. A field test confirmed the presence of 0.3 grams of meth.
Griffths has been charged with felony counts of meth possession and bail jumping, plus a misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia possession. She was out on bond at the time of the traffic stop, and one of the conditions was that she have no contact with Cypcar. She’s due for a pre-trial conference Aug. 17.
Officers had contact with Cypcar again just two days later, when he was spotted walking through residential back yards in West Baraboo. He fled upon noticing officers establishing a perimeter around him. With help from a citizen who stood in Cypcar’s path and pushed him – not to mention another jolt from Bulin’s Taser – officers were able to arrest him.
Court records indicate Cypcar faces charges of burglary, theft and resisting an officer from earlier this year. His previous convictions for a variety of offenses date back to 2008.
Griffiths, 20, of Mauston, faces felony charges for allegedly possessing meth and narcotics last month in Lake Delton.