Reporting Reg Chapman
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The man police accused of throwing a vice through the windshield of an Iraq veteran’s vehicle was arrested on Friday. Days after posting bail in Minneapolis, 39-year-old Gerret Parks was arrested again in Polk County Wisconsin after he fled police and nearly rammed into an officer.
Parks was jailed originally in connection with throwing a vise through Jon Stacke’s windshield. After two surgeries to repair his jaw, Stacke is on the mend. He’s focused on his recovery, but he constantly replays the moment he was injured in his mind. He wonders why would someone do something so senseless to a complete stranger.
“I was reaching up to turn my GPS on and that’s when I heard the explosion,” Stacke said.
The sound of shattering glass and the uncontrollable bleeding from his mouth are things Stacke said he’ll never forget.
“My partner…is the one who brought the vehicle under control and called 911,” Stacke said.
Stacke learned later in the hospital that a metal vise came crashing through his windshield.
“It shattered my jawbone, basically down the center,” Stacke said. “They basically had to plate that back together. It knocked out six teeth on the bottom and crushed all the bone down in there, and it knocked out my top tooth.”
Although Stacke suffered horrible injuries, he says it could have been a lot worse.
“I could have been dead,” he said. “Just wrong place, wrong time.”
Stacke said he was not surprised to hear the details of Parks arrest in Wisconsin.
Parks was seen going 70 to 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
When officers tried to stop Parks, he sped up, blowing through several stops signs and nearly ramming into an officer that attempted to get ahead of him.
Parks eventually stopped and now faces charges of fleeing police, reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving while impaired.
Hennepin County expects to file charges against him in connection with throwing the vise by noon Tuesday.