Driver, feeling guilty, admits to trying to hit police officer

The good news is that Quinton C. Hesse, 21, wasn’t texting and driving when he hit a police car in Hudson, Wis., as originally thought in March.

The bad news is that Hesse was trying to hit the police cruiser.

Appearing in court this week, Hesse’s attorney said the young man suffers from mental health issues.

Last spring, he pleaded guilty to inattentive driving. But Forum Communications says he was angry about getting a ticket.

But this week, Hudson police were contacted by officers from New Richmond, saying a man — later identified as Hesse — came to their police station Monday to say he thought there was a warrant for his arrest. After probing why Hesse was asking about the warrant, he allegedly replied that he had been involved in a crash where he intentionally drove at a Hudson police car.

According to the charging document:

Hudson police went to Grace Place Tuesday and interviewed Hesse, where he confirmed his initial statement with New Richmond police — that he struck the Hudson squad on purpose.

A Hudson detective asked Hesse if a marijuana ticket he received earlier in the day on March 31 in Minnesota left him upset.

“Yes,” Hesse responded.

Hesse allegedly said he felt guilty about not telling the real story.

He’s in jail.