The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to four serious domestic violence reports Wednesday in a single shift including a woman shoved from a car on Highway 51 to a teen abusing a sibling.
Elise Schaffer, spokeswoman for the department, said while domestic violence calls are not uncommon in Dane County, a multiplicity in one shift is unique and presents an added danger to responders and citizens.
“It caught my eye because [the domestic abuse calls] pretty much accounted for the entire shift,” Schaffer said. “We respond to domestics every day, but for it to take up the whole shift is unusual. Plus the fact that they were all pretty serious incidents.”
Woman pulled from car, left on highway
In a news release, the sheriff’s department said the first call to deputies came at 7:50 p.m. on Highway 51 in the Town of Dunkirk. The report said a woman had been thrown from a vehicle by her boyfriend. The sheriff said the couple had a verbal argument earlier Wednesday evening and while driving down Highway 51, Jeffrey R. Bain pulled over, grabbed the 31-year-old woman by her clothing and threw her to the ground and drove away. The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Stoughton Hospital, the report said. Bain, 33, of Madison, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of domestic battery, intimidation of a victim, recklessly endangering safety and two counts of domestic disorderly conduct.
A second incident began at 11:06 p.m. on Mack Road in the Town of Roxbury. Deputies said Terry R. Jallings, 62, of Sauk City, had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s home to confront her about ending their relationship. During the confrontation, Jallings battered the woman’s 52-year-old male roommate. The woman attempted to hide from Jallings by locking herself in a bathroom, but the report said Jallings kicked the door in. Jallings was eventually restrained by others in the home and deputies arrested him on charges of battery, trespassing, criminal damage to property, and six counts of disorderly conduct, according to the sheriff’s department.
A third domestic abuse report came from the Town of Verona on Highway P at about 11:16 p.m. The sheriff’s department said Felicia B. Brings, 18, of Verona, damaged household property and battered a sibling in the home during an altercation over a dresser. Deputies said a cage containing a pet parrot was knocked to the floor during the incident. Brings was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, two counts of domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, according to the report.
A fourth incident began at 2:47 a.m. in the Village of Deerfield, the sheriff’s department said. A deputy on patrol said a 25-year-old woman approached him and said she’d gone outside to get something from her car and found her ex-boyfriend standing behind her car. The woman told the deputy when she confronted him he left, but she soon noticed some of the tires on her vehicle were flat. The report said she also reported to the deputy that she’d been having trouble with her vehicle for several days and had found out someone had been putting water in her gas tank. Christopher R. Coughlin, 35, of Deerfield was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
Schaffer advised anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence to contact the sheriff’s department or visit the resources on the Dane County Sheriff’s website at www.danesheriff.com.