Driver arrested after pursuit of stolen vehicle by Greenfield PD in Milwaukee

GREENFIELD -- It wasn't their town or even their suspect, but Greenfield police said after a lengthy pursuit, they arrested a teen who was behind the wheel of a stolen car. The incident occurred early Thursday morning, January 5th.

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

Greenfield police said it's up to an officer's discretion whether to pursue a vehicle. It's their policy to bring it to an end using what's known as the "PIT" maneuver.

According to Greenfield police, officers were in Milwaukee early Thursday, looking for a vehicle and suspect involved in an armed robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction. What they are seen chasing in dash camera video though, isn't that car.

"The vehicle that the officer located matched the description of the vehicle we were looking for," said Greenfield Police Sergeant Chris DeGlopper.

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

As soon as police approached, Sergeant DeGlopper said the driver sped off -- winding through the streets near 17th and Mitchell.

"We are a strong believer in the PIT technique: Pursuit Intervention Technique," said DeGlopper.

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

DeGlopper said several parked cars were damaged when the vehicle came to a stop.

"Vehicles can be fixed. It's a lot harder to fix people," said DeGlopper.

Officers eventually got the suspect to come out of the car. With him on the ground, the 16-year-old was placed in handcuffs. Even though he isn't the guy police were originally looking for, DeGlopper said it's still safer with him off the streets.

"Our goal is to end the pursuit as fast as we can. We want to minimize the number of people in harm's way," DeGlopper said.

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

Pursuit by Greenfield PD ends near 17th and Mitchell in Milwaukee

Greenfield police said they are still looking for the vehicle and suspect they were initially searching for. But they declined to offer additional details.

The 16-year-old driver in this case was arrested for operating a stolen vehicle and eluding an officer.

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3 comments

  • Lessons to be learned MPD

    I feel much safer with Greenfield PD doing real police work in Milwaukee. Milwaukee PD and Chief Flynn should take a few lessons in pursuing and apprehending criminals.

  • Greenfield police save the day AGAIN!!

    Why is it that when hardly any Greenfield police are in the area that the few times they happen to be they always get the bad guy?? They must have great training and a passion for their job.You need to teach Milwaukee this skill-this desire to get the job done-we NEVER see Milwaukee cops! Great job Greenfield police come to Milwaukee anytime.