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Wheeler man bound over for trial in connection with running over pedestrian with his truck

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE   — A 30-year-old Wheeler man has been bound over for trial in connection with an incident at the Wheeler Inn last July when he struck another man with his truck.

Joseph D. Tireman appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing March 13, along with his attorney Christopher R. Bub, before Judge James Peterson.

Bub requested the court not bind Tireman over for trial, but Judge Peterson found probable cause in the case and scheduled an arraignment hearing for April 13.

Tireman is charged with three felony counts of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) causing more than two injuries, first degree recklessly endangering safety and having a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration (PAC) causing more than two injuries.

Tireman also is charged with misdemeanor counts of OWI third offense and disorderly conduct.

According to the complaint, Tireman had a preliminary Breathalyzer blood alcohol count of .256, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

At about 10:30 p.m. July 11, 2017, Jason Figler, the owner of the Wheeler Inn, called to report that a man named Joe driving a green or blue F150 with no tail gate had run over two people in the parking lot.

Figler reported Tireman had come into the bar around 9:30 p.m. and ordered a “Captain and Coke.” Later on, when Figler called “last call,” Tireman left the bar and knocked over the cigarette butt can, and it spilled on the parking lot and walkway area. He was once again asked to leave, according to the complaint.

Tireman then got into his truck, which was parked on the south end of the lot, Figler said, “floored the gas” and aimed toward a group of customers standing in front of the bar. The customers were able to get out of the way, except for one, who was hit by Tireman’s truck, the complaint states.

Tireman drove to the north side of the Wheeler Inn, turned around, traveled south through the lot and attempted to hit the customers again but did not strike anyone. At that point, Figler called 911, and Tireman left for about 15 minutes. He came back traveling northbound through the parking lot and once again tried to hit customers and then left the Wheeler Inn southbound, according to the complaint.

Judge Peterson set bail with a $1,000 signature bond July 12, 2017.