A Neenah man faces three felony charges for allegedly threatening and spitting at an Oconto County deputy.
Richard F. Rau was in the process of being arrested for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated, according to the criminal complaint.
A deputy located and stopped the man near Highway 32/64 and Weller Road. The man said he was intoxicated, had just been released from prison a month earlier and was staying in a camper nearby.
After declining a field sobriety test, the deputy told him he was under arrest. The man started to yell that he was not going back to jail and started to run away.
After he was eventually restrained, the man screamed and yelled at the deputy that he “going to shoot you in the head with a gun” and then spat at him from about eight feet away.
Rau was charged with threatening a law enforcement officer, throwing/discharging bodily fluids a public safety worker and possession of THC-second and subsequent offense — all felonies — and resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. The threatening charge carries a maximum sentence of six years, while the other two felonies carry terms of three years, six months.
He was also issued citations for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated and snowmobiler-refuse breathalyzer.