Man in custody after fleeing Racine Co. Sheriff’s deputies several times, hours long search involving K-9s
RACINE (WITI) — A Racine County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was able to apprehend a suspect after that suspect fled following a traffic stop early Thursday morning, November 27th.
It began just after midnight. Sheriff’s deputies responded to I-94 northbound at the 331.1 mile marker to assist the Wisconsin State Patrol with a traffic stop.
A Wisconsin State Trooper advised he believed an occupant sitting behind the driver in a vehicle had provided false information — and as the Trooper made contact with the vehicle, an individual sitting on the passenger’s side bolted from the vehicle.
A brief foot pursuit ensued, and Sheriff’s deputies lost sight of the individual who fled from the vehicle.
A search was conducted utilizing a Sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 “Nitro” and another Sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 “Friday.” They were unable to locate the individual.
A short time later, a deputy observed the individual in a vehicle — and a traffic stop was made on I-94 northbound, near mile marker 331.2.
As deputies attempted to handcuff the individual, he broke away — running westbound across I-94.
Once again, after a brief foot pursuit, officials lost sight of the individual.
A Sheriff’s deputy and K-9 “Friday” tracked the individual for over a mile, before losing the track. At this time, it was believed the individual was running without a jacket, and with only one shoe.
Five hours after the initial traffic stop — shortly before 5:30 a.m., the Racine County Communications Center received a call of a suspicious person near the intersection of 3 Mile Road and West Frontage Road. Officials learned the individual appeared to have rags on his feet, and he wasn’t wearing a jacket.
When deputies arrived in the area, the individual was gone.
Around 5:45 a.m., the Racine County Communications Center received another call — with the caller indicating the suspicious person was at the Pilot Truck Stop near County Highway K and East Frontage Road. Deputies arrived, and the individual fled again.
A deputy and K-9 “Friday” again conducted an extensive search.
This time, the individual was able to be apprehended by officials. He was taken into custody shortly after 6:00 a.m.
The suspect was treated for weather-related injuries.
Sheriff’s officials say their investigation is ongoing.