Placerville man tazed, arrested after night of drinking

By From page A7 | June 16, 2011

A wild evening of drinking proved to be too much for one Placerville man to handle, as he was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of vandalizing a Lotus bar.

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of vandalism in progress at 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Coloma Club in Lotus.

Austin Hillendahl, 22, of Placerville, was allegedly breaking Coloma Club’s windows and damaging items on the roof, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.

Hillendahl had apparently been kicked out of the bar earlier in the evening for fighting after being told by Coloma Club employees that he was too intoxicated and would not be served any more alcohol.

Deputies responded to the area and found Hillendahl walking along Highway 49, near Marco’s Cafe.

Hillendahl was allegedly intoxicated and uncooperative with deputies, the release states.

Hillendahl was arrested, handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, where he repeatedly banged his head and hands against the windows and was subsequently placed in a specialized leg restraint device.

While being transported to the jail, Hillendahl allegedly slipped out of the leg restraint device and again began banging his head and hands against the car.

When the deputy stopped the car and opened the door, Hillendahl allegedly leapt from the rear seat and charged straight into a deputy, knocking him to the side, and attempted to flee the scene.

The suspect didn’t get far, though, as he was immediately tazed by a second deputy.

Hillendahl was taken to Marshall Hospital for medical treatment, where he reportedly remained combative and uncooperative.

He was booked into the Placerville jail on charges including vandalism and obstruction of a peace officer. He has since been released on a $43,000 bond.

Damage to the Coloma Club was determined to be in excess of $1,000, according to the bartender. It will be closed for at least one day to repair the damage.

E-mail Jim Ratajczak at [email protected] or call 530-344-5069.

Jim Ratajczak

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