On Saturday, December 26, 2015 at approximately 10:50 am Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies were informed that a stolen vehicle which had previously been involved in a pursuit in Winnebago County was now southbound on I-41 approaching Fond du Lac County.
The vehicle was passing vehicles on the right and left shoulders at high rates of speed. A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was observing the vehicle and reporting its location.
A Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputy observed this vehicle travelling SB on I-41 near County Highway N at 97 mph, The vehicle was passing other vehicles on the shoulder. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle failed to stop, The deputy pursued the vehicle south on I-41. The vehicle continued southbound, passing vehicles on the right and left shoulders, travelling at a high rate of speed.
Just south of Fond du Lac, a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office supervisor was set up to deploy stop sticks in an attempt to deflate the tires of the vehicle being pursued. The suspect was driving on the left shoulder passing vehicles, the driver made a quick maneuver to the right, lost control of the vehicle and entered the median. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, fled on foot and was taken into custody approximately ¾ of a mile away by sheriff’s deputies and state troopers.
The vehicle started a small grass fire under the vehicle, The Oakfield Fire Dept was called to extinguish the fire. The suspect was taken to St Agnes Hospital by FDL Fire Dept Paramedics where he was treated and released.
The suspect, a 19 year old male from Milwaukee is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on charges related to this incident.