Trooper tasers Wisconsin man fleeing scene of interstate drug bust

Monty John Drenttel, left, 19, of Chippewa Fallas, Wis., and Elaina Grace O'Connor, 19, of El Cajon, Calif., were arrested Friday afternoon allegedly in possession of 2,500 THC vape cartridges and other drug-related materials.

A Wisconsin man was tasered by an Iowa State Patrol trooper Friday afternoon on U.S. Interstate 80 west of De Soto when he tried to flee a traffic stop where he and his taveling companion were allegedly found in possession of some 2,500 THC vape cartridges and other drug-related materials.

Monty John Drenttel, 19, of 18792 76th Ave., Chippewa Falls, Wis., was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix drug tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts.

The driver of the 2013 Chevy Cruze, Elaina Grace O’Connor, 19, of 1362 E. Main St., #37, El Cajon, Calif., was charged with controlled substance violation, failure to affix drug stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, the trooper stopped the vehicle for “several violations” about  3:30 p.m. Friday at the 108 mile marker of U.S. Interstate 80.

The trooper said he “could smell the distinct odor of raw marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment of the vehicle,” according to court records. After the trooper “detained the driver to perform a probable-cause search of the vehicle,” he “attempted to detain” Drenttel, who allegedly resisted arrest.

“I placed a handcuff on his wrists,” the trooper reported, “and he ripped out of my grip and ran down the side of the interstate. I gave verbal commands to the defendant and shot him with my Taser in the back. The Taser connected and brought the defendant to the ground, where I handcuffed him.”

A search of the vehicle uncovered four large duffle bags in the trunk and on the back seat, containing the cache of THC vape cartridges packaged in vacuum-sealed bags. A backpack held “a THC wax pipe, small amounts of THC wax, a THC wax kit with tools, a plastic marijuana grinder, a THC wax vaporizer and a small amount of raw marijuana, all vacuum sealed in four different bags in the backpack.”

Drenttel told the ISP trooper that “he ran because he was on probation in Wisconsin and wasn’t supposed to leave.”

Drenttel and O’Connor are each held in the Dallas County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond. Each is scheduled to make an initial appearance Tuesday in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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