Man Faces 5th Drunken Driving Charge After Scuffling With Police
A Waukesha police officer was injured while taking belligerent 33-year-old man into custody, according to a criminal complaint.
A Waukesha police officer's wrist was injured while scuffling with a combative felony drunken driving suspect who could face a lengthy prison sentence following a weekend arrest.
Nicholas A. Kohler, 33, of Waukesha, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday with one count of fifth offense operating while intoxicated, one count of resisting an officer and causing a soft tissue injury, one count of felony bail jumping and one count of operating a motor vehicle after revocation of his license. If convicted, he faces up to 19 years in prison and $32,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Saturday, a person saw Kohler driving erratically and run through three red lights, so the citizen followed Kohler's car until it pulled into his residence in the 400 block of Gascoigne Drive. The witness called police, who made contact with Kohler, who stayed inside the house.
Kohler denied driving and then became angry with the officer and began to reach for his waistband, which made the officer concerned he had a weapon. The officer pulled on the door to open it and ordered Kohler outside, but Kohler pulled the door closed.
The officer again pulled the door open and ordered Kohler outside, who eventually complied, but kept reaching toward his pockets. He became belligerent with officers and refused to comply with their orders, so several of them needed to detain him.
During the scuffle, one officer hurt his wrist, which caused an injury.
After it was confirmed by the witness that Kohler was driving the car, he was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a blood alcohol test. Kohler was in a restraint chair, but continued to fidget and resist and make threats against the officers, claiming police set him up for prison.
Kohler was tasered twice during the incident, police records state.
Kohler was previously convicted of OWI in 2001, 2002 and twice in 2010. He’s currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $100,000 bond.