WALWORTH TOWNSHIP — Sheriff’s deputies say they used a foam projectile launcher last Wednesday to subdue an armed and combative driver.
Christopher Reid Tresik 39, of Kenosha was arrested and faces possible charges including:
- -Operate a vehicle while intoxicated
- -Go armed while intoxicated
- -Resisting / obstructing an officer
- -Disorderly conduct
- -Possession of cocaine
- -Possession of marijuana (THC)
On Wednesday October 6th, 2021 at approximately 8:34 pm
The incident began when the Walworth County 911 Communications Center received a report about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2021 of a reckless driver on US Highway 14 at County Highway O in the Town of Walworth.
The caller reported a vehicle was following her and was flashing its high beam headlights trying to get her to go faster. The caller stated she pulled over multiple times and the suspect vehicle would not pass her. She was concerned the suspect was going to hit her.
A sheriff’s deputy located the suspect vehicle on US Highway 14 near Six Corners Road. The deputy observed the driver having difficulty maintaining his vehicle within the traffic lane and initiated a traffic stop, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
The deputy approached the driver to explain the reason of the traffic stop. The driver laughed and stated he was falsely being detained, according to the report.
The driver was observed to have blood shot, glassy eyes, and he was slurring his words.
A passenger was observed in the vehicle and appeared to have vomited on himself and was passed out. A case of Modelo Beer was observed between the passenger’s legs. The driver would not provide identification to the deputy, according to the news release.
The deputy returned to his patrol vehicle and requested other deputies respond along with a supervisor. Upon arrival of other deputies they reapproached the vehicle and attempted to reason with the driver. The driver continued to refuse the legal and lawful orders of the deputies.
During the reapproach a deputy identified a bag in the vehicle with a patch of a firearms manufacture affixed to it. Having concerns the uncooperative driver may be armed with a firearm deputies transitioned to a high risk traffic stop.
The driver eventually exited his vehicle but did not complying with the requests of deputies to be taken into custody safely. When the driver began to face deputies, walking towards their location, bringing his hands towards his sides the supervisor on scene used what’s known as a “40mm less lethal weapon” or foam projectile, to safely resolve the threat presented.
As deputies handcuffed the driver a handgun was located in his waistband, according to the news release.