Sauk Prairie officer arrested on drug charges

Sauk Prairie officer resigns amid drug charges
Officer Matt Alt

An officer with the Sauk Prairie Police Department was arrested on tentative drug charges Wednesday.

Police Chief Jerry Strunz said in a news conference Wednesday morning that Officer Matt Alt, 38, faces three tentative drug-related charges for suspected on- and off-duty misconduct.

Strunz said the arrest follows an investigation from the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations into Alt. The investigation was requested by the Sauk Prairie Police Department.

“We have an officer who did not live up to our expectations,” Strunz said after reading the department’s mission statement. “It is very difficult for us to stand here today and conduct this conference.”

Alt faces charges of misconduct in public office, possession of narcotic drugs and illegally obtaining a prescription drug. Alt hasn’t been formally charged.

Strunz said Alt’s conduct came into question because of an internal process.

The drugs involved were opiates, and the chief said it did not appear the alleged drug use involved any police evidence. Strunz said he requested help from the Baraboo Police Department to review Sauk Prairie police’s evidence, which will be a lengthy and arduous process.

“At this point it would not appear it involved any type of evidence,” Strunz said. “I will tell you as part of our internal review process, I have contacted another outside agency to come in and assist us with a complete audit of all of our evidence.”

Alt’s father told News 3 he didn’t know how the issue was discovered but said “addiction is terrible.”

Alt is on paid administrative leave pending the internal investigation, Strunz said. Alt was with Sauk Prairie police for 17 years.

Alt will be in court Thursday afternoon.