Bicyclist not quick enough to elude police

By Brandi Makuski

A former Plover man is free on a signature bond after allegedly resisting an officer following an early-morning encounter with police on June 22.

City police responded to Point Bowl, 2525 Dixon St., at 3:34 a.m. on Friday after a caller reported a suspicious man, later identified as 30-year-old Bryan L. Sikorski, had been loitering in the parking lot for over an hour.

According to Assistant Police Chief Mike Rottier, Sikorski was observed going in and out of a wooded area near the building when officers arrived on the scene, with his silver bicycle laying on the ground nearby.

The responding officer turned on his squad’s spotlight to illuminate the area, Rottier said, and asked what Sikorski was doing near the business after it had closed.

“I’m fine, I’m just looking in the woods,” Sikorski replied.

Sikorski initially refused to identify himself but eventually provided his name, then refused to give his birthdate. With help from a Portage Co. dispatcher, officers were able to confirm Sikorski’s identity, and that there was an active warrant for his arrest through the Dept. of Wisconsin Probation and Parole.

When Sikorski was informed of the warrant, he “began pedaling away on his bicycle” according to the incident report. He made it only a few feet before officers were able to grab his shoulder and arm, and in their attempt to direct him to the ground and place him in handcuffs, “they landed in the grass,” Rottier said.

Despite several warnings to stop resisting, Sikorski tucked his arms into his chest, forcing officers to pull at his arms for several moments so he could be handcuffed.

Court documents list Sikorski’s current address in Charlotte, Vt., with previous residences in Plover and Rosholt. He has previous convictions for possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, interfering with a fire alarm, and bail-jumping.

He is free on a $500 signature bond and returns to court July 9.