Man in custody after fleeing Racine Co. Sheriff’s deputies several times, hours long search involving K-9s

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Racine County Sheriff's Office

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.


  • 11B

    Good job to the many good people who realized something was wrong and called in as well as the responding deputies (and K9s). This guy chose to run because he didn’t want to own up to his charge(s). Unfortunately for him, he ran into an area where people care about what happens where they live.

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