A Waukesha man is facing charges alleging he was intoxicated and spit on police officers just hours after being sentenced to probation for other crimes in Waukesha County, according to a criminal complaint.
John M. Pickard, 49, was charged Tuesday with one count of discharging bodily fluids at a public safety officer, one count of obstructing an officer, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of contempt of court. If convicted, he faces up to 5 ½ years in prison and $26,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, a man living in the 1000 block of Delafield Street called the Waukesha Police Department because Pickard was inside his apartment and refusing to leave. When officers arrived, they found an intoxicated Pickard sitting on the couch with multiple beer cans in the vicinity and drinking from a cup that smelled like alcohol.
When asked why he wouldn’t leave, Pickard told officers the man living there wouldn’t let him. Officers then searched Pickard’s record and discovered he had been sentenced Monday to a stayed prison sentence in exchanged for 18 months of probation, which included an absolute sobriety condition.
Officers told Pickard to stand up, but he refused and continued to drink from the cup. An officer put the drink down for him, then Pickard stood up, but when asked to spread his feet, Pickard told officers “make me.”
Officers tried to search Pickard, but he became belligerent and told officers “you don’t know who you’re messing with,” and said he would go “dead weight” so officers would have to drag him from the building. Pickard was taken onto the elevator where he spit on the floor and kicked the glass door of the building, causing it to swing open and slam against a glass wall.
Once outside the building, Pickard had to be taken to the ground in order to gain control of him. He was being placed in a restraint chair when he spit on one officer, then after a spit bag was placed on his head and another officer tried to assess a laceration on Pickard’s head, he tried to spit on that officer.
Pickard is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $1,000 bond while awaiting trial.