Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Patrick Propson Convicted


Appleton Post-Crescent [WI]
7 June 2008

'Urban legend' beating leads to probation
Man who lied about assault to perform community service

By Dan Wilson

APPLETON -- A Kaukauna man who borrowed an urban legend to explain a beating was convicted Monday of obstructing an officer.

Patrick R. Propson, 23, 624 Alyssa St., was placed on probation for a year by Outagamie County Circuit Judge Mitch Metropulos. The judge ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the Fox Valley Metro Police Department, which serves Kimberly and Little Chute.

"This is an aggravated obstructing case," said Metropulos. "This case perpetuated a lie to police and police acted on that. And you just kept that lie going."

On Sept. 26, Propson, who was hospitalized with injuries that were the obvious result of a beating, told police that he was driving on U.S. 41 near the juncture with State 441, and was followed closely by a vehicle flashing its headlights. Propson said he pulled off on to the shoulder of the highway to see what was amiss.

As he got out of his car, three males got out the other car and attacked him and beat him with a baseball bat, Propson told police. [...]