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Man in custody following high-speed pursuit in Fond du Lac Co., WI

March 1, 2023 – Fond du Lac Co., WI – On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at approximately 5:35 p.m., a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding at 100mph in a posted 65mph on Highway 151 near Highway 49 in the Town of Waupun. The vehicle failed to yield for the deputy and a pursuit occurred.

The vehicle continued its excessive speed and traveled north on Highway 151. The vehicle abruptly cut through the median and began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 151 as it approached the Highway 26 interchange causing several vehicles to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The pursuing deputy was able to obtain a license plate that matched the vehicle and registered owners from Oshkosh, WI. The pursuit was terminated at that time, once the vehicle had returned to the correct lane of traffic, with the suspect vehicle traveling north on Highway 26 from Highway 151.

The Fond du Lac Communications Center quickly began receiving multiple phone calls shortly after the termination of pursuit. New callers were reporting the same vehicle was still traveling at excessive speeds and unsafely passing other vehicles as it traveled north on Highway 26. Unfortunately, the deputy’s termination of the earlier pursuit did not result in the intended goal of the suspect slowing and driving in a safe manner. A police officer from the Village of Rosendale located the vehicle again at which point the operator increased his speed and a second pursuit occurred. Two nearby deputies were able to join in the pursuit as it traveled at excessive speeds northbound on Highway 26 out of the Village of Rosendale. The operator continued to attempt to elude deputies and pass into oncoming traffic. The vehicle ultimately traveled into the east ditch of Highway 26 where it became disabled in a farm field. The operator exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit occurred.

Responding deputies were able to form a perimeter around the area. The suspect’s footprints led to a nearby residence that had several abandoned outbuildings. Sheriff’s K9 deputy “Rip” and his handler were able to track the suspect to one of these buildings. Upon seeing Rip, the subject surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect is an 18-year-old male from Oshkosh, WI. He is currently out on signature bonds for four separate felony cases in Dane County. His alleged offenses in those cases include Burglary to Dwelling (multiple counts), Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Bail Jumping.

He is currently being held at the Fond du Lac County Jail on new charges including two counts of Felony Flee/Elude, First Degree Reckless Endangering Safety, Resisting an Officer, Felony Bail Jumping, and several other traffic violations.

Both pursuits covered a total distance of approximately 7.5 miles. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by an officer with the Village of Rosendale Police Department. There were no injuries or property damage because of the pursuit.

Lt. Brennan Wagner

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