A Rice Lake man is facing up to 11 years behind bars and/or $36,000 in fines when he allegedly struggled with officers Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, after a traffic stop in Rice Lake, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
A criminal complaint filed Jan. 28 identifies the defendant as 37-year-old Justin R. King, 304 S. Wisconsin Ave., Rice Lake.
On the night of Jan. 26, a woman called 911 screaming for help. The caller said she was in a vehicle and dispatchers traced the call to a location on the west side of Rice Lake. Police found a man and woman arguing outside a truck parked at the corner of Bear Paw Avenue and Knapp Street.
The man, later identified as the defendant, allegedly resisted efforts to separate him from the woman. After he tried to pull away from officers, he was directed to the rear of the squad car and then to the ground.
The complaint said a city officer and state trooper held him down. The defendant allegedly wouldn’t get into the squad and officers had to force him inside. The defendant allegedly smelled of alcohol. In the truck, police found an open bottle of spiced rum.
The woman said the two had argued on their way home from Spooner, and that the defendant became angry when she wanted to drive.
He then allegedly accelerated to over 100 mph on U.S. Hwy. 53, nearly striking another vehicle.
The woman used her cell phone to call 911, and the defendant then got off the freeway at the Hwy. 48 interchange, allegedly striking a road sign before he “did multiple doughnuts” on Hwy. 48. Police later found tire tracks believed to be from the defendant’s vehicle, and a broken road sign in the ditch.
The defendant failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.
The complaint charges him with second-degree reckless endangerment, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine. He was also charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and drunk driving, first offense.