Man arrested after 45-mile, three-county chase

We are learning more about an Appleton man who led law enforcement on a 45-mile, three-county chase.

It started around 7:30 Monday night in Winnebago County and then continued into Fond du Lac and Dodge counties.

Vehicles were heavily damaged, but no one was seriously hurt.

A Fond du Lac Co. Sheriff's Office squad car is on its side March 3, 2014, after a 45-mile chase through three counties.
A Fond du Lac Co. Sheriff’s Office squad car is on its side March 3, 2014, after a 45-mile chase through three counties. (Fond du Lac Co. Sheriff’s Office)

One squad car landed on its side and the suspect’s car had the driver’s door nearly ripped off as law enforcement cornered the suspect.

The man they were looking for is a 37-year old Appleton man.

Police say they were first called Sunday after the man made comments during a stop at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.

“Some of those comments possibly being made did involve a weapon and suicidal type comments,” said Officer Scott Van Schyndel, Fox Valley Metro Police Department.

Then on Monday night, the State Patrol and Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department tried to stop the man’s car on Highway 41, but he would not stop. At one point, the man was talking with 9-1-1 dispatchers.

“He had made some comment that he was going out with a bang,” said Captain Rick Olig, Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department.

The chase went south of Fond du Lac on Highway 41, circled back into the city of Fond du Lac and then west into Dodge County.

A suspect's car is on its side March 3, 2014, after a 45-mile chase through three counties.
A suspect’s car is on its side March 3, 2014, after a 45-mile chase through three counties. (Fond du Lac Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“The 45-mile chase ended at a home south of Waupun in the town of Trenton when the suspect crashed his car into a snowbank. Olig says the chase was warranted because of the information officers were given.

“At what point do you decide is this worth it?” asked FOX 11’s Chad Doran.

“If this was just a speeder or a taillight out, this chase would not have continued on like it did. But when you have information that he may or may not have a weapon and he has made comments about using that weapon, that really raises the standard that we have to follow,” replied Olig.

A suspect's car is on its side March 3, 2014, after a 45-mile chase through three counties.
A suspect’s car is on its side March 3, 2014, after a 45-mile chase through three counties. (Fond du Lac Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Olig says officers did not find any weapons when the suspect was arrested. But he says they couldn’t take any chances.

“If he gets away, we don’t know where he is going to go or what he is going to do,” said Olig.

That suspect is in custody pending a mental health evaluation.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department said it will not release the man’s name until he is charged.

The district attorney’s office said that could happen later this week.

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