Fond du Lac man captured after high speed chase reaching 130 MPH

A 19-year-old Fond du Lac man was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with several crimes after he tried to elude officers on I-41.

At about 1:20 AM, an officer with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull a vehicle over for a traffic infraction southbound on I-41 near Lincoln Road. When the officer engaged his lights and siren, the driver of the vehicle accelerated in an attempt to elude the officer.

During the pursuit, deputies learned this vehicle matched the description of a vehicle sought by another Wisconsin law enforcement agency for involvement in a separate high speed pursuit.

As speeds in the chase reached 130 miles per hour, officers ahead on 41 attempted to lay out a tire deflation device near Scott Street which were successful in taking out at least one tire on the fleeing vehicle, but the driver continued southbound at a decreased speed.

The driver exited at Military Road, driving around a squad car that was attempting to block the ramp, and then braked and swerved into a pursuing squad car before finally stopping. At that time, the driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle was taken into custody.

The man, who was driving on a suspended license, was determined to be the driver of the car wanted in the other pursuit in a different county.

Deputies located open intoxicants in the vehicle, as well as packaging consistent with drug paraphernalia.

The driver was arrested for Fleeing and Eluding Officers, 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and Criminal Damage to Property. He was also cited for several traffic violations.

The pursuit lasted 10 miles and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office patrol squad struck by the suspect vehicle sustained minor damage.