(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for threatening violence against police. Dale Lengling entered a no contest plea in September to felony Threats to a Law Enforcement Officer.
A Beaver Dam police officer was dispatched to the Lakecrest Apartments in May following an altercation between Lengling and another individual. When the officer arrived both men had separated and did not wish to press charges against each other. A short time later, police were called back to Lakecrest as Lengling was shouting and swearing loudly.
According to the criminal complaint, Lengling was tense as an officer attempted to place him under arrest and did not immediately comply with demands to stop resisting. Lengling was eventually handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car but began to bang his head against the rear seat of vehicle which caused a laceration across his forehead. The 41-year-old was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital where he made multiple threats towards police and told an officer that he would (quote) “drop kick [him] to the face.”
“Lengling is an individual who consumes alcohol daily and becomes belligerent, violent and threatening,” says District Attorney Kurt Klomberg, “He has a history of threats and violence fueled by alcohol to many, many people he has encountered in his life. The police have a hard enough job without having to constantly be looking over their shoulders while wondering if the defendant is going to try to make good on his threats.”
In addition to 18 months in prison, Lengling was also sentenced to three years of extended supervision.