That’s gotta be in the running for one of the best headlines of 2017. Good thing no one was seriously hurt.
MANITOWOC, Wis. — Police officers arrested a 32-year-old Manitowoc man Sunday evening for standing in the street without any clothes on.
Officers found Travis L. Tingler in the 1100 block of South 25th Street near Hamilton Street, where he was shouting toward a home at the intersection that he had a knife and was going to gut people in the house.
Tingler told officers he wasn’t doing anything wrong, according to a Manitowoc Police Department report.
Tingler refused to get into a squad car and said he wanted to see his kids. The mother came home from work, and police used stun guns to get the man into the police car.
Police reported Tingler somehow picked up a lighter during the struggle, and when the stun gun probe hit the lighter, a combination of lighter fluid and electricity from the stun gun caused Tingler’s beard and chest hair to catch fire.
An officer tried to pat the fire off his body, and Tingler continued to fight even after the fire was put out. He then punched an officer in the face. An officer used a stun gun on him from about 6 feet away, and he then fell and hit his head hard on the pavement.
Officers called an ambulance. Hospital staff said Tingler tested positive for marijuana and had a blood-alcohol count of 0.177.
Police are recommending charges of resisting a police officer, battery to an officer, disorderly conduct, and lewd and lascivious behavior