APPLETON - A 28-year-old Appleton man is in jail after playing a serious game of bumper cars. Police say for more than an hour, time and time again, the man used his car to damage five other vehicles, including three police cars.
Bystanders told FOX 11 it was quite the sight.
"I was standing right out here when I saw the vehicle slam into the squad car," said Betty Appleton.
She told us her neighborhood on Vermont Street in Appleton is usually very quiet. Sunday evening was not.
"It was a surprise...it was very exciting," said Appleton.
Appleton Police Sergeant David Lund told FOX 11 officers were called to a domestic disturbance. According to officers a woman told them her estranged husband, Anthony Garcia, ran his car into two cars on her property then took off.
When officers arrived, they said Garcia came back a second time, but he did not stay to talk to police.
"He took off and ran through several stop signs, driving at a high rate of speed," Lund explained.
Lund told us Garcia returned a third time, yelling threats at his estranged wife and driving erratically.
Police tried to stop Garcia again. When that didn't work, an officer used a Taser on Garcia through the car window.
"Temporarily incapacitated him, but he was then able to drive away," Lund explained.
That's when Lund said Garcia flattened his tires on spikes the officers put out. That still didn't stop him.
"The suspect tried to drive away and in doing so rammed into one of the Appleton Police Department squad cars," said Lund.
According to Lund, Garcia ended the rampage by hitting a Grand Chute police car, then an Outagamie County sheriff's squad before finally coming to a stop.
"They did get him out of the vehicle, they did get him handcuffed and fortunately he was not hurt, none of the officers on scene were hurt, nor was the victim," Lund said.
Which was enough excitement for Betty Appleton.
"All in all, I guess it turned out good. They got him and we're okay," said Appleton.
Garcia is scheduled to be in court Tuesday afternoon.
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