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Driver jailed following Octagon House crash

Jonathan A. Klisch, 27, Anoka, Minn., is facing charges for allegedly crashing a vehicle into the Octagon House porch during the early morning of Oct. 12. (St. Croix County Jail photo)

The 27-year-old Anoka, Minn., man who allegedly drove an SUV into the porch of Hudson’s historic Octagon House is in the St. Croix County Jail.

Jonathan A. Klisch surrendered to St. Croix County authorities a couple of days after the early morning crash on Oct. 12.

He has been charged with six Hudson municipal ordinance violations, but that’s just part of the trouble he’s in.

Klisch was on probation for convictions on a felony charge of battery to a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct when he ran into the Octagon House and fled the scene.

As conditions of his probation, Klisch was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety. Hudson police say they found two bags of marijuana inside the older Chevrolet Blazer Klisch left embedded in the Octagon House porch.

He also left behind a wallet containing his Minnesota identification card, according to authorities.

Klisch is now waiting resentencing on his earlier conviction. As part of a deferred prosecution agreement in that case, his sentencing was stayed with the conditions that he undergo an alcohol and drug dependency assessment, complete any recommended treatment, have no abusive contact with a Hudson girlfriend and successfully complete his probation.

The new city charges he faces are for possession of marijuana, reckless driving, operating without a valid driver’s license, operating left of center, hit and run property damage, and failure to notify police of an accident.

A Hudson Police Department report says officers found Klisch at the residence of his girlfriend soon after the Oct. 12 crash. They spotted him sitting on a couch with his feet on a coffee table, apparently passed out, when they looked through a living room window, the report says.

No one answered the door and police didn’t enter the house at 919 Fifth St.

His earlier conviction was a result of Nov. 21, 2012, incident at the same house.

Klisch was accused of ransacking the kitchen at his girlfriend's residence. He was later found trying to get into house a block away, intoxicated and wearing no shirt or shoes.

After being taken into custody, he tried to kick out the windows of a squad car and attacked police officers when they came to stop him.

Meanwhile, Deloris Taavola, president of the St. Croix County Historical Society, reports that repairs to the Octagon House porch are under way.

“We’re anxious to tell you we’re going to be starting our work this Wednesday and we are going to be open for the Tour of Homes,” Taavola said in a call to the Star-Observer. “It won’t be perfect, but they will be able enter and we will be beautifully decorated.”

An Eau Claire contractor that has experience in the reconstruction of older homes is doing the repairs.

The Octagon House at 1004 Third St. is a regular stop on the Hudson Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes. This year’s tour is set for Nov. 22-24.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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