||Appleton Man Arrested After Ramming Several Squad Cars (posted October 13, 2013)
On October 13, 2013, at approximately 6:18PM, Appleton Police responded to the 600 block of E. Vermont Avenue for a domestic incident. Officers were told a male party was in the process of smashing vehicles outside of a private residence.
When officers arrived, they learned the suspect struck two vehicles intentionally with his vehicle. He had also thrown items at the vehicles, causing additional damage. The suspect left the area after damaging the vehicles.
While officers were present, the suspect returned to the residence in his vehicle and rammed one of the two vehicles that he had damaged earlier. The suspect, who would not obey orders from officers, then drove recklessly away from the area. Officers did not pursue the fleeing subject.
The suspect subsequently returned to the residence for a third time in his vehicle. Failing again to follow orders and causing concern for the welfare of citizens and officers, an Appleton Officer deployed a taser through the driver’s window of the vehicle. The suspect was briefly affected by the taser deployment and drove over spike strips that had been set in the roadway. He attempted to flee the area. While fleeing he struck an Appleton Police Department squad. He also rammed squad cars from the Grand Chute Police Department and Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, whose officers had responded to the area to provide assistance. The final collision brought the suspect’s vehicle to a stop. A taser was deployed for a second time and officers were able to take the subject into custody.
Anthony J. Garcia (M/H, 09/10/85) was confined at the Outagamie County Jail. He is being referred on six counts (6) of Reckless Endangerment with a Weapon, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Domestic Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Damage to Property, Damage to Property (unrelated to the domestic), Resisting, and Eluding an Officer.
The Appleton Police Department thanks the Grand Chute Police Department, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol for their involvement in bringing a dangerous situation to resolution without harm to the suspect, citizens or any law enforcement officer.
For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at 832-5509 or 419-5180.