|Man’s alleged actions after arrest result in felony charge of intimidation|
Level 6 felony intimidation leads the charges filed this month against Martin W. Danser, 28, Austin, because of his alleged actions after he was arrested.
Danser is the suspect officers say drove through a privately-owned yard October 12 and then executed a move called a “donut” at a business before arriving at his mobile home on York Road in Austin.
His charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, are based on those actions.
A felony charge of intimidation and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct are results of what he is alleged to have done at the Scott County Security Center, where he was taken after Deputies Joe Johnson and Josh Watterson and Major Lonnie Noble of the Austin Police Department caught up with him.
Purportedly, Danser drove a gold Toyota Camry through the yard on North Boatman Road and then headed north to Austin. Maj. Noble located the man sitting in the car in front of his trailer. He said he watched as Danser turned off the car.
Danser denied having driven the vehicle and refused to take field sobriety tests when approached by the two deputies. He was then placed in handcuffs and taken to the jail in Scottsburg by Deputy Johnson.
The drive to the jail was not pleasant, the deputy observed. His passenger cursed and yelled at him, and the behavior continued at the jail while Danser was being booked. The officer noted that Danser also “...made comments about my family...” and told Deputy Johnson he would “...break his legs...” if he saw him.
Danser’s initial court hearing was held October 13 with a public defender being appointed to the case and a no contact order served on him. After Danser requested a speedy trial, Judge Marsha Owens Howser set the matter for November 15. Danser is being held at the jail in lieu of bail of $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash. His driving privileges have been automatically suspended.