A Franklin man accused of assaulting a Minocqua police officer during a downtown fight June 16 was hospitalized after attempting to kill himself in the Oneida County Jail June 22.
According to Sheriff Jeff Hoffman, quick action by inmates and jail employees prevented Andrew J. White, 21, from killing himself. He was taken to Ministry's St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. and later transferred to the Mendota Mental Health Institution near Madison where he is to undergo a mental health examination.
White and his father Walter A. White, 51, also of Franklin, were arrested in the early-morning hours of June 16 after a downtown brawl in which a police officer was hurt.
Andrew White is facing the more serious charges - felony counts of battery to a law enforcement officer and substantial battery-intending bodily harm, and misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct. Since his initial appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court he also has been charged with operating while intoxicated.
Walter White is facing a single misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer.
Sheriff Jeff Hofman said in a prepared statement regarding the suicide attempt that Andrew White attempted to hang himself by jumping over a handrail on a balcony with a sheet tied around his neck.
"At the time he let go another inmate immediately comes out of his cell and holds him up, while another inmate untied the sheet from the handrail and another called out for help," Hoffman said.
Hoffman said corrections officers quickly removed the sheet from White's neck.
"A jail nurse responded immediately and assessed him for injury," Hoffman said in the statement. "Corrections staff requested medics be dispatched to the scene."
White was on his way to St Mary's Hospital within a few minutes.
"Due to the quick efforts of the other inmates and corrections officers, serious injury or death was averted," Hoffman said.
The Whites made initial appearances June 18 in Oneida County Circuit Court. That hearing was continued until June 25.
At Monday's hearing, Walter White entered a not guilty plea and a pretrial conference was set for Aug. 21.
Bond of $10,000 cash was set for Andrew White during his June 18 court appearance, while bond was set for his father at $450 cash. As conditions of bond, both men were ordered to not consume intoxicants and not enter any taverns or bars.
A new court date for Andrew White has yet to be set.
The June 16 brawl occurred on Oneida Street at Milwaukee Street at 2:38 a.m. According to Minocqua Police Chief Andy Gee, the incident apparently started after someone threw an object through the window of a vehicle in which the Whites were riding.
According to Gee, occupants of the White vehicle engaged some of the people on the street in a fight. When police arrived, Gee said, the occupants of the vehicle attempted to leave. Officers confronted the driver, the father, who allegedly resisted attempts to prevent him from driving away. Gee said Andrew White punched officer Ben Burrows repeatedly as officers struggled to make an arrest.
Officers shocked White several times with an electronic device before he could be brought under control and handcuffed.
Burrows was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a concussion, two chipped teeth and abrasions, cuts and scrapes. Gee said Burrows was unable to work the following two days because of the injuries.
Andrew White faces a maximum penalty of 10 and-a-half years in prison and fines totaling $31,000 if he is convicted of the felony charges. If convicted on the additional charge of operating while intoxicated, he faces a fine of $871.
Walter White faces a maximum sentence of nine months in jail and fines totaling $10,000.
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