By Shereen Siewert
WAUSAU — Details have emerged in the case of a 20-year-old Wausau man accused of stalking and repeatedly ramming the back of a teenage girl’s vehicle before crashing into a tree Monday on Wausau’s east side.
Carl Martens appeared Friday in Marathon County Circuit Court, where he faces felony charges of stalking, false imprisonment and second degree recklessly endangering safety. Martens, who also faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, was released after posting a $5,000 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint:
- The alleged victim in the case, a 17-year-old girl, told police she met Martens about three or four weeks earlier at Memorial Park and saw him several times as friends. The girl said Martens’ feelings were hurt because she did not want to pursue a relationship with him.
- In the afternoon of Aug. 13, Martens called the girl and wanted to talk, but she refused and told Martens she wasn’t at home. Martens found the girl on the riverfront trail near the docks and blocked the girl’s vehicle from leaving in a nearby parking lot. When the girl threatened to call police, Martens moved his vehicle and she drove away.
- Martens then followed the girl and repeatedly rammed her car from behind while she was waiting at a stoplight, causing her vehicle to strike a curb. The girl pulled over and Martens stopped his vehicle in front of her, then pounded on her window demanding to speak with her before jumping on her hood and refusing to let her leave. Martens then ripped a windshield wiper from the girl’s car and jumped off the vehicle, and the girl drove away.
- After the girl drove off, witnesses say Martens nearly struck two bicyclists before crashing his Subaru Forester into a tree just before 6:30 p.m. at the corner of N. Fifth and Hamilton Streets. Martens was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash.
Circuit Judge Greg Huber ordered Martens to have no contact with the girl and to refrain from driving, according to online court records. If convicted of all the charges against him, Martens faces up to 44 1/2 years in the Wisconsin Prison System and up to $95,000 in fines.
A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 27.