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Vice thrower Garret Parks arrested for drunken chase in Wisconsin


Just hours after he was released from jail for throwing a metal vise at an Iraq War veteran's car in Bloomington, 39-year-old Gerret Parks was arrested after police said he led them on a drunken chase through St. Croix Falls, Wis. Yet, by Monday afternoon, he was a free man once more.

Parks posted a $2,500 bail and was released from the Polk County Jail by 4 p.m. on Monday.

Parks was first arrested on Friday by Bloomington police and booked into the Hennepin County Jail for assault and criminal damage to property. Charges in that case are expected to be filed Tuesday.

Parks is suspected of throwing objects at cars on Normandale Boulevard at least six times in the past month. One of those cases involved National Guard veteran Jon Stacke, who lost seven teeth and suffered a broken jaw when a metal vise smashed through his windshield.

FOX 9 News spoke with Stacke who said he's shocked to hear that Parks got out of jail in the first place, and is even more shocked that he got into even more trouble so soon.

"I'm just puzzled by his mindframe," Stacke said. "Why would you do something to intentionally hurt somebody? Is he mentally right? Or -- what's up with the guy? Just curious."

Parks was released from the Hennepin County Jail jail at 1:21a.m. Sunday morning.

Shortly thereafter, Parks made a post on his Facebook page that read: "None of this legal crap is true whatsoever. My past is being thrown in my face and is being used to tie me to recent events that I had nothing to do with. When all this blows over, I plan to sue the Bloomington Police Department. Wait for the details..."

Around 5:51 p.m. Sunday, officers in St. Croix Falls saw Parks driving black SUV that was estimated to be traveling at 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Parks led police on a 1.5-mile chase, barreling through intersections at high speeds without obeying stop signs. The chase ended on State Highway 35 near McKenney Street, where he stopped his SUV just 200 yards away from the St. Croix Falls Police station -- and a few feet before ramming a squad car.

Arresting officers said Parks was uncooperative and in a "depressive state."

When officers opened the door of his SUV, Parks said he was stuck in his seat belt. Once unbuckled, Parks continued to struggle with officers, who took him to the ground. Officers say he black eye Parks is seen sporting in his mug shot came as he resisted arrest. Officers say he hit his head as he was pulled out of the car.

Parks was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail for third-degree OWI, fleeing police, reckless driving and resisting arrest. In the end, however, he was charged only with fleeing police. By 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, he had posted the $2,500 bail and left the jail.

Charges of OWI, reckless driving and resisting arrest may still be filed.

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