A Madison man causing a disturbance Tuesday evening Downtown tried to run from police but his pants fell down, causing him to run into a parked car while police made the arrest.

The incident wasn't over, however, as Herbert Wilkins, 54, allegedly spit at police and EMTs while being taken into custody, Madison police said.

The incident was reported at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of West Dayton Street.

Wilkins allegedly blocked the sidewalk and wouldn't let people pass without grabbing them.

"Firefighters could see his behavior from the nearby fire station and they quickly became the focus of his indignant statements and behaviors," said police spokesman Howard Payne.

Wilkins allegedly walked over to where the firefighters were and started shouting racial statements while poking them on the chest.

"Officers tried to talk to him but he ran, with police in pursuit," Payne said. "A Taser was going to be used, based on his level of cooperation, but as he tried to run around a vehicle, his pants fell down to his knees and he ended up running into a stationary car."

While being taken into custody, Wilkins allegedly discharged bodily fluids from his mouth at police and emergency personnel.

He was tentatively charged with three counts of threats to law enforcement officers, three counts of discharging bodily fluids at public safety workers, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.