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La Crosse man charged with third-offense drunken driving, threatening police officer

La Crosse man charged with third-offense drunken driving, threatening police officer

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A La Crosse man has three pending third-offense drunken driving cases and was charged Wednesday with threatening a law enforcement officer.

Aaron M. Brown, 36, was also charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court with resisting an officer, disorderly conduct, third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and third-offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

According to court records, La Crosse police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Wood Street at just before 1 a.m. Dec. 21 to investigate a noise complaint. They found Brown standing outside a truck parked in front of the complainant’s house blasting loud music while arguing with another man, who told police Brown threatened him.

According to the complaint, when police arrived, Brown attempted to walk away but he was stopped. Brown refused to cooperate and police received a warrant to take a sample of his blood, according to the complaint, and went on to threaten the arresting officer.

Witnesses say they heard a vehicle park outside playing loud music and looked outside to see Brown in the vehicle with exhaust coming out of the pipe.

Brown denied driving in court Wednesday.

Brown is also facing two other third-offense drunken driving charges, meaning that if he is found guilty in one of those, the most recent charge will be bumped up to a felony fourth-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Brown was charged in 2016 in Monroe County and in November in La Crosse County. Those cases have yet to be resolved.

Brown is free on a $500 cash bond.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or

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