By Jacob Mathias
WOOD COUNTY — A Marshfield man faces felony charges after allegedly spitting on a police officer.
Tyler Draxler, 25, is charged with throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, a class I felony that if convicted carries a maximum sentence of up to three years and six months imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both. He is also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, a class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of nine months imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both, and disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment or a $1,000 fine or both.
Draxler pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment in Wood County Circuit Court on Sept. 28.
According to court documents, on Aug. 18 a Marshfield police officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Central Avenue in response to a report of a male subject, Draxler, exposing himself. Police spoke to a witness who said Draxler allegedly exposed his buttocks to her and would not let her pass on the road.
The officer attempted to issue a disorderly conduct citation to Draxler, who then allegedly became “very confrontational.”
The officer reported he then became concerned for his safety and decided to arrest Draxler for the offense instead of writing a citation. Draxler reportedly would not cooperate and refused to put his hands behind his back and also attempted to kick the officer when he was being placed into custody.
While being escorted in the police squad car, Draxler allegedly spit at the officer.
Draxler is free on a $2,000 signature bond.
He returns to court on Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.