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An Independence man was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer after a March 20 disturbance at a probation office in Black River Falls.

According to the criminal complaint, several law enforcement officers were needed to subdue 45-year-old Loren W. Pate. A Department of Corrections employee requested that two Black River Falls Police Department officers take Pate, who had an active arrest warrant, into custody.

Upon the officers’ arrival, Pate immediately became agitated, crouched into a fighting stance, clenched his fists and directed profanities toward the officers. The complaint said Pate was given several opportunities to comply with police commands but continued his loud and abusive behavior.

Pate continued to resist after officers commanded him to put his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed. During that time, Pate threatened to fight officers and said he wasn’t going to be taken to jail. After he was handcuffed, Pate attempted to pull away and banged his head against the door of the probation office.

He was placed in the squad car and banged his head against the cage while being transported to the Jackson County Jail.


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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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