Beaver Dam man charged with threatening officer
JUNEAU — A 39-year-old Beaver Dam man faces charges, including one felony charge, for making a threat to a Beaver Dam Police officer Saturday.
Dale R. Lengling is charged with a felony count of threat to a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. He could face up to 6 years, 10 months in prison and $21,000 fine if convicted of the charges.
Lengling made his initial appearance Monday before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim, who set a $1,000 cash bail and ordered Lengling not to have any contact or communication with the officer and to maintain absolute sobriety.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam Police responded to an apartment in the 100 block of Lakecrest Drive on Saturday at 1:50 p.m. for an altercation between two men. The two men had been drinking together and had gotten into a fight. They did not want to file charges and were told to stay in their apartments for the night.
About an hour later, police were called back to the apartment building for a noise complaint, and Lengling was found on his patio screaming. A Beaver Dam Police officer attempted to put Lengling under arrest and he began resisting the officer. He was put in a squad car and started to bang and strike his head against the Plexiglas divider between the front and back seats.
According to the criminal complaint, Lengling was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital for injuries he had received that night. He threatened an officer while at the hospital.
He was taken to Dodge County Jail after being medically cleared.
Lengling’s preliminary hearing is May 23.