Complaint: Inmate mistakenly released, gets arrested again

Report: man facing 7th OWI, hit-and-run charges
Complaint: Inmate mistakenly released, gets arrested again
Janesville Police Department
Thomas Iverson

A Beloit man was back in the Rock County Jail Friday night, a place he was never supposed to have left in the first place.

According to a criminal complaint, 60-year-old Thomas Iverson was supposed to be in jail awaiting his March 7 sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to his 5th and 6th OWI charges in December 2016. Judge James Daley had revoked Iverson’s bond in both cases. But according to WISC-TV News 3’s partner The Janesville Gazette , a deputy had not written that information on a “jail sheet,” so it was never recorded in the computer system.

The complaint states Iverson posted a $2,750 bond Jan. 23 and was released from jail.

Two weeks later, Janesville police arrested him after he was suspected of drunken driving and being involved in a hit-and-run and brief police chase.

Steven Keating said he was driving Feb. 6 when he saw Iverson hit the back of a 76-year-old woman’s car.

“He hit the white Buick so hard that it pushed it into the parking lot, and he kept going forward like nothing happened,” Keating said.

The criminal complaint said a Janesville police officer pulled Iverson over, but the suspect drove away and threw a beer can out the car window . The officer was able to pull Iverson over again and arrest him.

Keating said he was surprised Iverson had been mistakenly released from jail, but he doesn’t think something like this will ever happen again.

“I’m really shocked that it happened,” he said. “But mistakes do get made.”

The Gazette reports the deputy who made the mistake has been counseled and faces discipline.

Iverson faces eight charges for the crash Monday, including hit-and-run causing injury, OWI causing injury, 7th OWI, recklessly endangering safety, attempting to flee a traffic officer, obstructing an officer, operating a motor vehicle while revoked and escape.

Iverson was scheduled to be in court Feb. 14 for an adjourned initial appearance and, according to court documents, there will be a hearing Feb. 17 to discuss what happened that led to his mistaken release.