SAWYER COUNTY --  Felony charges have been filed against Jesse Barthel, of Hayward, WI, for allegedly causing injury to a Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputy during an incident on October 6, 2021.

Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Water Town Lane shortly after midnight on October 6, 2021, regarding a car that was revving its engine, driving fast, driving in the yard, and a group of people that were being noisy outside.

One of the individuals outside the residence was identified as Jesse Barthel. Dispatch advised the Deputies that Barthel had an active DOC (Department of Corrections) warrant for his arrest. When Barthel heard that, he ran inside the residence, despite Deputies asking him to remain outside and speak with them, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Sawyer County Circuit Court.

Deputies located Barthel in the basement of the residence, where they attempted to take him into custody. Barthel struggled with the Deputies, and the criminal complaint filed against him states that after Deputies utilized a taser on him, he grabbed the taser. The Deputy exerted a great deal of force to regain control of the taser which resulted in the Deputy falling to their knee. The criminal complaint states that the Deputy was transported to Hayward Memorial Hospital where doctors determined that the Deputy sustained a broken knee cap from the incident.

Barthel was transported to the Sawyer County Jail. Charges of Class H Felony Obstructing an Officer, Causing Substantial Bodily Harm to an Officer, Repeater; and Class H Felony Attempt Disarming an Officer, Repeater is filed against Barthel.

Online circuit court records show that at a hearing on October 7, 2021, the Court ordered a $25,000 cash bond for Barthel. Barthel is scheduled to appear again this month regarding his criminal charges.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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