By Shereen Siewert
A 37-year-old Marshfield man arrested on drunken driving charges who hurled insults and threatened officers when they refused to “work out a deal” with him before his arrest was sentenced this week to three years in prison.
As part of a plea agreement Christopher Meyer was convicted April 11 and sentenced June 24 in Marathon County Circuit Court on charges of sixth-offense drunken driving and resisting or obstructing an officer. Circuit Judge Jill Falstad also ordered Meyer to spend five years on extended supervision following his release from prison.
According to the criminal complaint, Meyer was driving at about 10:15 p.m. Jan. 20 in the village of Spencer when an officer on duty clocked him traveling at 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer activated his lights and tried to catch up with Meyer, who continued onto Hwy. 13 and was allegedly clocked again traveling 84 mph in a 55 mph zone.
When Meyer did pull over near the intersection of Hwy. 13 and Hanson Road, he had an open container of beer in the middle cup holder of his vehicle, police said. Initially, according to the complaint, Meyer allegedly refused field sobriety tests, telling the officer, “You know I’m drunk, right?” before yelling at the officer and calling him names.
Police say Meyer eventually agreed to undergo sobriety tests at the Spencer Police Department. After being handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car, Meyer allegedly asked the officer if the two could “work out a deal.” When the officer declined, Meyer allegedly told the officer he’d better “watch his back” because Meyer “has people watching,” according to the police report.
After failing to complete sobriety testing Meyer was taken to Marshfield Medical Center for a chemical test of his blood, where he became increasingly combative by kicking, yelling, and wedging his foot in the door of the squad car, the police report states. He was eventually taken to the Marathon County Jail, where he remained as of Wednesday afternoon.
Court records show Meyer was previously convicted of operating while intoxicated twice in 2001 and again in January 2017. He was also convicted of driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration in 2007 and 2009. Police say he did not have a valid license at the time of his arrest in January.
Falstad granted Meyer 156 days credit for time spent in jail awaiting trial in his case.