Appleton Police: Man arrested after crashing into squad car during chase

James Skogman (Outagamie Co. Jail)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- A man was arrested after Appleton police say he drove through two yards, crashed into a fence and damaged a squad car Thursday night.

The suspected driver, James Skogman, 25, of Appleton, has not been formally charged.

The incident began when officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Pershing Street around 10:30 p.m. for a suspicious incident.

When officers arrived on scene, they saw a black vehicle driving about 35 mph down the sidewalk.

The vehicle then turned on the roadway at N. Appleton Street and continued at a high rate of speed, police say.

When the vehicle temporarily stopped in the 500 block of W. Wieland Avenue, officers tried to talk to Skogman but he drove through a yard and fence before getting on E. Northland Avenue, police say.

A short time later, Skogman began tailgating an Appleton squad car at N. Meade Street and E. Glendale Street, police say.

When officers attempted to box the vehicle in, police say Skogman accelerated and turned in front of one of the squad cars and crashed into it. The officer was not hurt.

The chase ended when Skogman crashed at E. Glendale Avenue and N. Viola Street.

Skogman tried to run away but officers were able to find him and take him into custody.

Skogman is being held on a probation violation hold and police say they will be recommending multiple charges against him.

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