Accused Vise Thrower Arrested Twice, Released

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say a Bloomington, Minn. man accused of throwing a vise through the windshield of a vehicle, which seriously injured an Iraq War veteran, was arrested Sunday after fleeing police and nearly ramming into an officer.

The new details were released Monday after Gerret Parks, 39, was arrested in Polk County, Wis. Parks allegedly threw a vise at Jon Stacke’s vehicle, which broke his jaw and shattered six of his teeth. He was arrested for that crime on Friday but posted bail and was later released. Parks was then arrested again on Sunday.

After responding to call of a man driving recklessly, police officers spotted Parks in a black SUV, traveling southbound on State Highway 35 at approximately 70-80 mph in a 35-mph zone, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers activated their lights and attempted to pull Parks over, but he sped off at a high rate of speed.

Police say Parks blew through several stop signs and nearly rammed into an officer that attempted to get ahead of him.

Parks eventually stopped the vehicle and was forced to the ground by police. Officers noted Parks ignored multiple directions by police.

Parks could face additional charges for fleeing police, reckless driving, resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

During the arrest, Parks suffered a cut above his left eye. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and a legal blood draw before being transported to the Polk County Jail in Balsam Lake.

Blood results will not be available for several days.

Parks was released Monday afternoon on a $2,500 bail.


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