Suspect arrested in Town of Washington for 5th offense OWI

Courtesy: Eau Claire County Jail
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators say a man accused of 5th offense OWI accused a deputy of touching him inappropriately during his arrest.

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed criminal charges against Kristian Quarderer, 36, of Eau Claire. A criminal complaint says Quarderer drove a car into a parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 in the Town of Washington, went around two squad cars that were in the lot, and drove back behind the business just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. The deputies found that Quarderer had an active warrant in Eau Claire County and a revoked driver's license. They later found him lying on his back.

The complaint goes on to say that Quarderer told the deputies he wasn't driving, but that he saw them parked in their squad cars, and that they shouldn't have been parked and talking while on the clock. As the deputies tried to take him away, Quarderer tried several times to get away. A deputy used a "compression hold" on his wrist. That's when Quarderer yelled that one of the deputies had touched him. Quarderer had to be pushed into the back seat of a squad car, where he started banging his head on a window. Investigators also found a pipe with what a deputy recognized as burnt marijuana inside.

The complaint says Quarderer has four previous OWI convictions in Dunn County, including two in the same day in April 2003. He is due in court in August.

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