Man charged with resisting a State Patrol Officer during Dodge County stop
JUNEAU — A 21-year-old Menomonee Falls man made his initial appearance in court on Thursday after being charged with backing his car into a Wisconsin State Patrol vehicle during a traffic stop in Dodge County Tuesday afternoon.
Zachary T. Jach is charged with felony counts of resisting an officer causing a soft tissue injury to the officer, attempting to flee an officer and criminal damage to property with use of a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. If found guilty of all charges, he could face up to 13 years and 9 months in prison and a $40,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, a state trooper attempted to stop a car driven by Jach on Highway 33 east of Horicon in the town of Hubbard at 3:14 p.m. after his vehicle was traveling 86 mph in a 55 mph zone. Jach stopped his car in the traffic lane on Highway S near Highway TW, put the vehicle in reverse and crashed into the State Patrol vehicle at least twice.
Jach exited his car and was aggressive to the trooper, refusing to comply with commands. Two people passing by stopped to help the trooper control the man until deputies from the sheriff’s office and officers from the Horicon Police Department arrived.
The State Patrol took the man into custody. The suspect received minor injuries and was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital for evaluation. The trooper received minor injuries, was evaluated at the scene by medical personnel and was not transported. There were no other injuries.
Both vehicles received minor to moderate damage in the collision, and were both towed from the scene. An estimate to repair the police cruiser is $4,507.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for July 6.