Violent truck driver gets probation

Clint Mattrisch

A Wisconsin truck driver who punched a truck stop employee and fought local police pleaded guilty to three charges Friday.

Boone Superior Court 2 Judge Bruce Petit sentenced Clint Mattrisch, 37, to one year in jail, suspended in favor of probation. Mattrisch had credit for one day served in jail.

Mattrisch pleaded guilty to battery resulting in bodily injury, theft and resisting law enforcement. Charges of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement were dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Mattrisch, of Shawano, Wisc., had a blood alcohol concentration of .273 when he was tested at the Witham Health Services Anson emergency room, according to court records.

Mattrisch was fighting two Love's Travel Stop Whitestown employees when Whitestown Police Officer Kirsten Gibbons arrived, she reported. He fled toward Interstate 65, and she chased him but soon realized he was much larger than she, with his height of 6 feet 5 inches and at 290 pounds, according to court records.

He stopped when commanded but would not follow other instructions, she said. Two other officers arrived, and Mattrisch reportedly fought all three police officers just after midnight April 4.

Police took Mattrisch to the ground and handcuffed him after a struggle, Gibbons reported. He was treated first at Witham but transferred to St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis for treatment of three fractured ribs.

Mattrisch also fought Love's employees who followed him from the store to question him about stolen items, according to court records. He reportedly punched employee Joshua Jones, 18, hurting his face, Gibbons reported.

Love's surveillance cameras captured Mattrisch stealing eight DVDs and cookware.

Maria Flora is assistant editor at The Lebanon Reporter. Reach her by emailing to maria.flora@reporter.net.