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Complaint: Man accused in Door County hit-and-run death ingested 'different medications' before crash

Posted at 1:06 PM, Sep 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-01 14:06:44-04

DOOR COUNTY (NBC 26) — A man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Door County woman reportedly told people before the crash that he had ingested 19 different medications, according to a criminal complaint.

The court document was filed Wednesday. Josh Gann, 43 of Sturgeon Bay, faces a charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the death of a 71-year-old woman. Gann is also charged with resisting an officer, disorderly conduct and multiple counts of bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint, Gann walked into a bar on August 27. Initially, witnesses cited in the criminal complaint said Gann seemed to be in a good mood. At one point, the complaint says it was reported he was telling other bar patrons that he had recently ingested 19 different medications.

Shortly after, the complaint said Gann began crying hysterically at the bar and walked out after the manager spoke to him. The manager then went to the parking lot where Gann was in an attempt to prevent him from driving while intoxicated, according to the complaint.

The complaint then says Gann and the manager got into a physical struggle, where the manager tried to wrestle the car keys away from Gann. Out of concern for his safety, eventually, the complaint says the manager walked back to the bar and called the police. According to the complaint, the manager said that Gann backed out of the parking stall, struck a silver sedan and then drove off.

According to reports, officers responded to a vehicle-pedestrian crash on Highway BB, west of Old Highway Road where it was discovered that a 2013 Ford Escape SUV had struck a 71-year-old woman from Sturgeon Bay

In a statement from the Door County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page, after striking the woman, the SUV continued westbound on Highway BB, crossed the eastbound lane and entered the south ditch. After becoming entangled in a fence, the driver ran off.

The complaint says officers caught up with Gann, but he didn't comply with demands and eventually one of the officers used a Taser. The complaint said Gann continue to struggle with officers as they handcuffed him. The complaint said Gann was at one point begging law enforcement to "kill him" and would bang the back of his head on the ground.

Eventually, officers got Gann to the hospital. As officers waited to get a warrant to draw blood from Gann, the complaint said, "Gann repeatedly stated that he was ready to die. Gann would then get angry with law enforcement, and would tell officers how much he hated them while using derogatory statements, to the point where the door of the hospital room had to remain closed because it was causing a scene in the emergency room."

The complaint also said Gann admitted to drinking Nyquil regularly.

"Gann also stated that he drinks at the very least half a bottle of Nyquil a day and that on August 27, he probably drank three-quarters of a large bottle of Nyquil in total," the complaint said.

Gann made his first appearance in court on Monday and is now facing a $500,000 cash bond. He's set to make another appearance in court Thursday.