ELKHORN

A demolition derby driver faces criminal charges after police say he became irate when he was disqualified from the Walworth County Fair’s derby, drove his car into a skid steer and scuffled with a sheriff’s deputy.

After Robert S. Moore, 32, of Lombard, Illinois, was ejected from the Sept. 4 derby, prosecutors say he refused to leave, yelled profanities and showed his middle finger to the referee, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Walworth County Court.

An employee of AM Towing tried to remove Moore’s car from the derby with a skid steer. However, Moore got back into his car and drove into the employee’s vehicle, causing $800 in damage, according to the complaint.

The employee said the crash hurt his neck and back.

Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Weber reported that he saw Moore standing nose to nose with a woman, and he thought Moore was going to strike her, according to the complaint.

Weber stepped between Moore and the woman and put his left arm on Moore’s chest to separate them, according to the complaint.

At this point, Weber said, Moore struck him on the side of the head. Weber said he “went black for just a split second,” felt his knees weaken and felt “shooting” pain in his ear and head, according to the complaint.

Moore got in a fight with a security guard, and while on the ground, he refused orders from Weber to put his hands behind his back, according to the complaint.

Weber then shot Moore with a Taser, the complaint states.

Weber reported feeling dizzy and having an “extremely painful headache.” He was treated for a concussion at Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, according to the complaint.

Moore is charged with substantial battery, battery to a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

He is next due in court at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 for a preliminary hearing.

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