March 24, 2018 – Washington Co., WI – On March 24, 2018 at 12:28 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Wisconsin State Patrol in Fond du Lac that they received a 911 report of two vehicles driving reckless at over 100 mph on I41 in Fond du lac County.
A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to watch for the vehicles.
At approximately 12:40 a.m. the deputy observed the two vehicles operating at over 100 mph on I41 near STH 33 in the Town of Addison.
The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop however both vehicles increased their speed and a pursuit was initiated.
Two other deputies stopped in the median in an emergency turnaround on I41 south of the pursuit as it approached.
The vehicles approached the squad cars in the turnaround and immediately drove into the median at which time both cars began operating southbound in the northbound lanes of I41 at a high rate of speed.
The cars traveled the wrong way on the interstate for 20 seconds prior to coming back through the median.
The vehicles then exited on STH 144 in the Village of Slinger prior to tire deflation devices being deployed.
The pursuit continued until both cars approached a deputy that was deploying tire deflation devices at the intersection of STH 33 and STH 175 in the Town of Addison.
Prior to reaching that intersection the cars drove onto a residential property at a high rate of speed causing damage to both cars. The driver of one of the cars exited after his vehicle became disabled and attempted to get into the other vehicle as it was driving around the house in an attempt to elude deputies.
That vehicle eventually made its way back on STH 175 and continued northbound.
The driver of the disabled vehicle was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. That driver is a 19-year-old Neenah man. He was transported to the hospital where he was treated for injuries he suffered during the accident at the residence. He was then transported to the Washington County Jail on several felony charges. He is also currently on probation in the State of Wisconsin for armed robbery.
The pursuit of the second vehicle continued into Dodge County before coming back into Washington County. That vehicle eventually stopped after it became disabled in a field on CTH D near I41 in the Town of Wayne. The passenger of that car, an 18-year-old Neenah women was taken into custody. The driver escaped. A K9 from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search. Also assisting was the Slinger Police Department as well as the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Both cars involved in the pursuit were later found to have been stolen overnight in Winnebago County. Speeds exceeded 115mph during the pursuit which last 20 miles. The investigation is on-going and no further information will be released at this time.