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Steinmetz

A Mauston man allegedly tried to take his frustrations out on a squad car after being arrested June 22.

Joseph R. Steinmetz, 41, has been charged with felony bail jumping, resisting an officer, and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse. For the felony bail jumping charge, Steinmetz could be fined $10,000 or face up to six years in prison, or both. The resisting an officer offense carries a possible $10,000 fine, imprisonment of no more than nine months, or both, and for the disorderly conduct charge, Steinmetz could be fine $1,000, spend up to 90 days in prison, or both.

According to a criminal complaint:

An officer from the Mauston Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance in the early morning hours of June 22. A woman at the residence said Steinmetz came home earlier, was allegedly drunk and started yelling at her and another occupant. The other person was visibly upset and appeared to have been crying. She said Steinmetz arrived home drunk and began yelling at her. Due to conditions of a previous bond, he was to remain sober at all times.

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Steinmetz was found lying on his bed and appeared to have been asleep. He awoke when his name was called and was asked how many drinks he had. Steinmetz said he had a couple beers at a friend’s house. The officer could smell alcohol on his breath and suspected his eyes to be blood shot and glassy. He was placed under arrest for violating terms of his bond.

Before being arrested, Steinmetz kept stalling with police and would not get to his feet. Two officers helped Steinmetz up by lifting him and he was placed in handcuffs. While being taken to the squad car, Steinmetz was verbally combative. As he was taken to jail, he kicked the side window and banged his head against the rear cage divider. The officer stopped the car and Steinmetz’s feet were placed in shackles.

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Steinmetz reportedly continued to bang his head against the divider and the officer turned on his emergency lights and siren as he drove to the jail. According to the complaint, the incident was recorded with a body camera and in-squad camera. At the jail, Steinmetz refused to walk into the booking room and had to be drug by his arms. After he was placed in a holding cell, he allegedly continued to be verbally combative toward deputies.

Steinmetz signed a signature bond of $2,500 June 23 and was released. He is scheduled to have an initial appearance at the Juneau County Justice Center Aug. 23 at 9 a.m.

Contact Kevin Damask at 608-963-7323 or on Twitter @kdamask

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