Two men have been charged after a fight in Chetek on May 25, according to Barron County Circuit Court records.
Charged May 31 and scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, June 18, for a preliminary hearing is Jeremy A. Gackle, 33, of Chetek. He is charged with felony substantial battery, bail jumping-felony and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Also charged is Jeffrey W. Young Jr., 34, of Barron. He is charged with misdemeanors battery, disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer.
According to the complaint, a Chetek police officer was dispatched around 9 p.m. on May 25 for a report of a fight with someone being hit with a chain.
A witness to the fight said he saw several subjects around a car and a man yelling. The witness said a man, later identified as Gackle, had a chain around his hand and was hitting another man, later identified as Young. Witnesses said Young was getting “beat hard.”
Later, the officer talked to a woman who told her that she and Young were hanging out in Chetek with Gackle and his girlfriend.
The woman said they were drinking at Gackle’s residence during a cookout and Young started “play wrestling,” but it got serious. Young was acting paranoid and Gackle became upset, believing someone was on his phone, she said.
The woman said Gackle went to get a dog chain and told Young that he would get as many stitches as the chain had links. She left, but Gackle convinced her to come back to the cookout.
Later, Gackle, his girlfriend and the woman drove to the store to buy alcohol and on the way back, they saw Young near the Chetek Dam. Gackle and the girlfriend chased after Young, she said.
The woman said Young tried to leave but the girlfriend refused to let him go, so he pushed her. The girlfriend said she and Young were wrestling, and he threw her down a hill, injuring her head.
Believing his girlfriend had been hit by Young, Gackle and Young began to fight, with Young allegedly hitting Gackle three or four times as he tried to get out of his car. The girlfriend tried to get between them and was hit by Young, causing bruising on her face.
The woman said Gackle and Young then started fighting, with Gackle swinging the dog chain, hitting Young in the hand. Young allegedly hit Gackle again. Gackle kicked him, then swung the chain and hit Young, causing severe pain.
Young later told police that a doctor told him that his knuckle was broken and bones connected to his hand were fractured. He needed to wear a cast.
Court records showed that Gackle was released on a felony bond from a case filed May 13.
If convicted of all charges, Gackle faces a maximum penalty of nine years and nine months imprisonment and $21,000 in fines.
If convicted of all charges, Young faces a maximum penalty of up to one year and nine months in jail and $21,000 in fines.
Young is scheduled to appear in court on July 31 for an initial appearance.
Gackle was released on a $500 cash bond with conditions to have no contact with Young, avoid alcohol and avoid anywhere alcohol is sold.