Pursuit Lands 2 FDL County Residents In Jail

Two Fond du Lac County residents are in jail following a vehicle chase late Saturday afternoon.

A Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputy was attempting to make a traffic stop Saturday, September 11 at 5:07 p.m., for a speeding violation on Sheldon Rd near Dixon Rd in the Town of Metomen.  

The operator of the truck failed to yield to the deputy’s lights and siren and a brief pursuit occurred.  The operator traveled west on Sheldon Rd before going south on Dixon Rd where he turned into the driveway of a residence.  The operator drove the truck into section of tall grass behind an outbuilding before fleeing from the vehicle on foot.  

Additional deputies and a Wisconsin State Trooper responded and established a perimeter.  Two deputies utilized a thermal drone to begin an overhead search. While the search was underway, another deputy observed a subject in a passing van that matched the description of the operator.  Deputies were able to stop that vehicle and take the operator of this pursuit into custody.  He was identified as a 71-year-old Fond du Lac County resident.  

During the investigation, deputies also discovered that the 46-year-old operator of the van knew the suspect and was assisting him in evading law enforcement.  Additional charges were referred to the District Attorney’s Office for his involvement in the incident.  He is also a resident of Fond du Lac County.

The pursuit covered a distance of 2.5 miles. No injuries or property damage were reported because of the incident.