Poynette man accused of injuring sheriff’s sergeant

January 5, 2019

A 26-year-old Poynette man is accused of injuring and threatening a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office sergeant on Christmas Eve.

Nicholas R. Thompson was bound over for trial Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court on felony charges of threatening and battering a law enforcement officer. The charges carry maximum prison sentences of six years but could each be extended by two years due to past convictions.

Thompson has a bond hearing Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, a village of Poynette police officer stopped a vehicle for equipment violations on the evening of Dec. 24 on East John Street in Poynette. The driver of the vehicle was 23-year-old Cory Haug of Marshall and Thompson was his passenger. After Haug failed field sobriety tests, the officer told him he was under arrest, but Haug stated he would not be arrested and refused to turn around and place his arms behind his back.

When the officer attempted to place handcuffs on Haug, Thompson jumped out of the vehicle and confronted the officer, the complaint states. Haug then pulled away from the officer and Thompson said they would be leaving now. The two men ran through several yards and parking lots while the officer chased them on foot. Thompson and Haug eventually split up and ran in different directions, and the officer continued to pursue Thompson until he lost track of him.

Police called the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to assist in locating the men, and about an hour later, the sergeant reported finding Thompson walking along South Main Street in Poynette. The sergeant activated his emergency lights, got out of his vehicle and ordered Thompson to stop walking, but Thompson kept walking away. When the sergeant tried to handcuff Thompson, he struggled and fought against the sergeant. According to the complaint, Thompson pulled his arms away and hit the sergeant in the right cheek, injuring him.

A deputy arrived at the scene during the struggle and pepper-sprayed Thompson to gain compliance. Thompson claimed he was allergic to the spray and that he needed an ambulance. The officers requested an ambulance and while they were waiting for it, the complaint says Thompson told the sergeant, “Wait till I see you on the street corner, dude.” The sergeant asked him what he meant by that and Thompson allegedly said, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you.” Responding EMTs determined Thompson did not need medical treatment and that he could be transported to jail.

In addition to the felonies, Thompson faces misdemeanor charges of obstruction and two counts of bail jumping. His past misdemeanor convictions include bail jumping in Marquette County in December 2017 and two counts of retail theft in Dane County in November 2016, according to the complaint.

Haug faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and drunken driving as a second offense. He is scheduled to appear March 6 in Columbia County Circuit Court.

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