Sparta man arrested for chasing jogger

2012-09-20T00:00:00Z 2012-09-20T06:07:49Z Sparta man arrested for chasing joggerTribune staff La Crosse Tribune
September 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

An intoxicated Sparta man was arrested Sunday night after police say he chased a female jogger.

The woman said she was running on Montgomery Street a little before 8:30 p.m. when she saw a man dart across the street and run after her, according to Sparta police.

She yelled at him to stop following her and eventually ran to a garage for help.

The tables turned when police arrived.

An officer chased Thomas Hartman, 18, for several blocks before Hartman got tangled in a grove of trees. He was arrested, but not before being Tasered — twice.

Hartman, who has half a dozen pending court cases in Monroe County, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and bail jumping.

Police said alcohol was involved.

According to a criminal complaint, when police attempted to arrest Hartman in November on suspicion of stealing cough medicine, Hartman fought with officers and later ripped out his IV and tried to flee from the hospital.

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  1. baywatch242012
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    baywatch242012 - September 21, 2012 8:18 am
    What do you think this guys intent was?

    He sounds like a freak.
  2. moss_is_still_boss
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    moss_is_still_boss - September 21, 2012 2:35 am
    what a looney toon....should be dropped in the river with concrete boots
  3. HonestAbe
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    HonestAbe - September 20, 2012 6:00 pm
    All substances should be legal, then if it becomes an addiction, treated like a medical condition, not criminal. It's the only way to truly regulate, and keep it away from kids, as well as end the violence of UNCONTROLLED substances. ;)
  4. Cacophony
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    Cacophony - September 20, 2012 3:34 pm
    I think we have already tried that-- it was called Prohibition. What a whopping success that was.
  5. Richy
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    Richy - September 20, 2012 11:52 am
    Honest Abe- Alcohol is legal because we need more batteries rapes and broken homes,burglaries ect and probably more Murders than any other substance has caused in history! Most any crime you can think of has been attempted under the influence of alcohol! I guess! You give any person enough of it they can do almost anything and never know or remember what they even did. Does not sound like it should be legal to me.Its the Gateway High to many other things that is for people who don't know any better.
  6. Seriously Now
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    Seriously Now - September 20, 2012 9:57 am
    Hey, lucenut, next time there is a crime, say, a guy with a gun, we won't call "the freaks in the costumes and badges." Send us your phone number so we can call you to intervene instead.
  7. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - September 20, 2012 9:15 am
    18 huh? Your future is looking bright.
  8. Lucenut
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    Lucenut - September 20, 2012 8:49 am
    "Suspicion of disorderly conduct"? That's pretty weak.

    Even weaker is that the freaks in the costumes and badges tasered the guy who was obviously stopped after he got "tangled in a grove of trees". Tasers aren't so the cops can get so fat they can't outrun or handle a drunk.

  9. HonestAbe
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    HonestAbe - September 20, 2012 8:46 am
    I'll never understand why alcohol is legal and other stuff is not. Either make alcohol illegal or legalize other substances that calm people. (black market violence & prison)
  10. scomls
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    scomls - September 20, 2012 8:00 am
    I'll bet his parents are proud !
  11. Napoleon
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    Napoleon - September 20, 2012 7:31 am
    Sounds like a serial rapist... what else is on his record?
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