A 35-year-old La Crosse man faces multiple drug and traffic charges after police encountered a driver displaying highly erratic behavior Nov. 4 in the town of LaGrange.

Police were dispatched to a report of a man who nearly struck a bridge while driving north on Highway 12 shortly after 6 p.m.. A short time later, police arrived to find a Pontiac Grand Am stopped and not running in the middle of the road near Highway G. The driver was identified as Fletcher Michael Barnes.

The report says police heard high-pitched screaming as the deputy approached the vehicle. Fletcher was observed in the vehicle flailing and rubbing the windows. He reportedly didn’t comply with police commands to roll down the window and told police he had no name and was a “sovereign citizen.” His behavior led police to believe he was under the influence of drugs.

Fletcher reportedly continued to refuse police orders to unlock his vehicle. After a 20-minute standoff, police approached the passenger side and struck the window with an inflatable baton. Fletcher responded by putting the vehicle in drive and quickly accelerated over two spike strips put down by police. He headed south on Highway 12 in the opposite lane of traffic at 30-40 mph with deflated tires.

Police pursued Fletcher over several town roads before he turned onto Hwy. M, lost control and went into a ditch. He accelerated from the ditch back onto the highway before losing control again and skidding into another ditch. A squad car was then parked in front of Fletcher’s vehicle to keep it from leaving.

The report says Fletcher ignored orders to exit the vehicle and became increasingly agitated. He reportedly flashed obscene gestures toward police and opened his jacket to expose a holster. He complied with an order to remove the holster from his body. He also pulled out a knife and fanny pack. He finally exited the vehicle shortly after 7:15 p.m.

Police reportedly recovered methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, THC, drug paraphernalia, a loaded handgun, scales and multiple cell phones. During transport to Tomah Memorial Hospital, Fletcher reportedly told police he trains drug dealers and is a “king.”

Fletcher was referred for fleeing an officer, possession of a concealed weapon, a felon in possession of a firearm, obstructing an officer, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of THC with intent to deliver, possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an illegally obtained prescription and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance.

He was also issued seven municipal citations for traffic offenses.

In other Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news:

Courtney Jean Jandt, 24, Rockland, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct after a Nov. 4 incident in the town of Sparta

Police were called to The Zone Sports Bar, where a bartender said Jandt had been involved in a shoving match with man. Video reportedly shows Jandt forcefully shoving the man and causing him to stumble. The report says Jandt continued to argue with the man after police arrived and attempted to shove him again. She was arrested and transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Kipp H. Jewell, 39, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct and child abuse after a Nov. 3 incident in the town of Tomah.

Police were called to a Hwy. M residence, where a 16-year-old boy said he had been assaulted by Jewell. The boy told police that Jewell got in his face, yelled at him and threw him to the ground before slapping his cheek. The report says the boy’s face was red and slightly swollen. He also said Jewell put his hand over his mouth while banging his head on the floor.

The report says Jewell acknowledged slapping the boy in the face but denied any other physical abuse.

Brandy R. Hughart, 30, Camp Douglas, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. She is accused of violating a bond condition with a no-drink provision. The report says he admitted to consuming over a liter of alcohol Nov. 2.

Russel James Clausen, 33, Warrens, was referred to the district attorney for multiple charges after a Nov. 5 disturbance in the town of Byron.

A woman called dispatch and said an intoxicated Clausen mounted the top of her car and was smashing it with a cinder block. When police arrived, Clausen was still on top of the car, and his clothes were soaked in blood. The report says Clausen ignored the presence of police and pulled a knife from his pocket despite orders to keep his hands where police could see them. He reportedly shook his head “no” when ordered to drop the knife and said, “You’re going to have to shoot me.”

The report says Clausen then squatted into an attack-style posture holding the knife in front of his body like he was ready to lunge before turning the knife on himself. He slid off the car and retreated to the deck of the residence before police finally subdued him with a Taser.

Clausen sustained several deep cuts to both arms and was transported by ambulance to Tomah Memorial Hospital and later to Gundersen Health in La Crosse. He was referred for resisting arrest, trespassing, failure to comply with an officer’s orders, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

Kyle Ray Field, 37, Black River Falls, was referred to the district attorney for failure to report to jail. He allegedly didn’t report Nov. 2 to begin a 60-day sentence.

Kevin M. Maun, 26, Mauston, was referred to the district attorney for theft. Police were called to Oakdale Credit Union, where Maun had allegedly tried to use a stolen debit card. The report said the investigation traced Maun to alleged thefts involving other people’s debit cards at retail outlets in Onalaska and Baraboo.

Derrick Michael Parker, 21, and Antonio Joseph Jamie, 19, both of Oakdale, were referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct for an Oct. 24 incident in the town of Oakdale. A man told police that Parker and Jamie approached a residence and asked a woman if she wanted the two to beat the man up. The man said the woman said no but said the assault proceeded anyway. He said Jamie kicked him in the face, causing a bloody lip.

Kristopher Paul Manning, 22, Necedah, was referred to the district attorney for second-offense drunk driving after a Nov. 10 traffic stop in the town of Sparta.

Police pulled over Manning’s vehicle on Interstate 90 for a defective registration lamp shortly after 3 a.m. The report said Manning had red, glassy eyes and slurred speech. After initially denying alcohol consumption, he acknowledged consuming “a little bit” and said he stopping drinking before 11 p.m.

Manning reportedly failed a field sobriety, and a preliminary breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of .173.

Dena Lee Cleveland, 26, Sparta, was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct and endangering safety after an Oct. 29 incident in the town of Sparta.

A man told police he approached a stopped car with Cleveland in the driver’s seat. He said Cleveland accelerated, struck him and kept driving on Hwy. 27. He said wasn’t seriously injured but later said his side was sore from the collision.

Meghan Joyce Downs, 32, Camp Douglas, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. She is accused of violating a no-contact order.

Jordan Michael Chandler, 28, Hixton, was referred to the district attorney for drug charges after police responded to a report of a methamphine pipe at a town of Glendale residence Oct. 29.

Police traced the pipe to Chandler, who reportedly acknowledged ownership. The report said he told police he had thrown away his drugs in an attempt to get clean but forgot to dispose of the pipe. A search allegedly found two syringes in his pants pocket and a folded up lottery ticket with a light brown powder consistent with methamphetamine or heroin. The report says police also found a plastic baggie with white powder residue and a backpack containing 15 syringes and two plastic baggies with white residue.

Chandler was referred for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

A 17-year-old boy was referred to the district attorney for disorderly conduct after an Oct. 27 incident in the town of Angelo. The juvenile is accused of punching out the side window of a truck.


Tomah Journal editor

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

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