A Portage man has been charged with three felony cases in two days following a foot chase, fight, and arrest in Wisconsin Dells.
Loyal Stowers, 35, was charged in two felony cases Friday, alleging distribution of methamphetamine and resisting arrest, causing injury to an officer.
Stowers appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court from Columbia County Jail where he has been since his arrest on May 30. He has been held on a $7,500 cash bond in the first of the recent three cases, charged with strangulation and domestic battery from a March 14 incident.
The recent arrest stemmed from a May 20 drug investigation in which prosecutors say the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office provided an informant with $100 to buy about 1 gram of methamphetamine, which the informant later delivered to deputies.
A week later, three Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives and a deputy were doing surveillance in Wisconsin Dells looking for Stowers in relation to the drug investigation and warrants in other counties. The officers spotted Stowers walking down the sidewalk and when one of the yelled for him to stop, he took off.
After chasing him through a yard, the deputy and one of the detectives tackled Stowers, with another approaching detective warning that Stowers was trying to put something in his mouth. The deputy reported seeing blood in Stowers’ mouth as he appeared to be biting the hand of a detective who was trying to keep Stowers from putting a baggie with methamphetamine in his mouth.
Another Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy arrived accompanied by Wisconsin Dells police officers, at which point the arriving deputy shocked Stowers with a stun gun.
The officers then searched Stowers’ pants, and allegedly found three cell phones, $2,000 in cash in a bundle, a wallet with $6,840, and separate baggies of methamphetamine containing 2.5 grams, 2.4 grams, 1.2 grams, 1.7 grams, 1.6 grams and 22.1 grams.
In the first case, Stowers is charged with distribution of methamphetamine and five counts of bail jumping, in the second case, he is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, two counts of resisting and causing soft tissue injury to an officer and five counts of bail jumping.
The most serious count, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
At the time of his arrest, he was out on cash bonds in two other Columbia County cases, one from March 31, 2017, charging possession of methamphetamine as a repeat offense and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and a case of possession of narcotics as a second offense from February 2017.
Stowers previously retained defense attorney Steven Sarbacker, but at the time of Stowers’ appearance on Friday, he did not know the status of his representation, and so the bail hearing was reset for Monday.
He had been scheduled to have a jury trial in July, but instead is scheduled to next appear in all cases for a return hearing July 10.