Man accused of ramming sheriff’s squad while fleeing

Malone has preliminary hearing Feb. 1

A Bowler man is facing multiple felony counts after an alleged drunken driving incident Saturday in which he is accused of ramming a sheriff’s squad while attempting to flee authorities.

Paul C. Malone, 30, was arrested after leaving the scene of a disturbance on Ho-Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg, according to the criminal complaint.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted his vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and a chase followed during which Malone rammed his vehicle into the side of the squad, trapping the deputy inside, according to the complaint.

Malone allegedly continued to flee until putting his vehicle into a ditch on County Road Q. He resisted arrest, according to the complaint, and at one point caused a hand injury to one of the arresting deputies.

Malone is charged with reckless endangerment, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine if found guilty; battery to a law enforcement officer, which carries a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine; and fleeing an officer, which carried a maximum 3½ years in prison and $10,000 fine.

Malone is also charged with misdemeanor counts of third-offense operating while intoxicated, operating after revocation, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting an officer.

Malone was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond after a court appearance Monday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 1.