WAUKESHA -- A man whom investigators say was driving naked plowed his truck through a fence, rammed two Waukesha Police Department squad cars and rolled the vehicle over before being taken into custody. All of this unfolded in the city of Waukesha on Tuesday evening, August 11th.
Officials say the man was driving a pickup truck speeding down W. Newhall Ave. around 7:45 p.m. when he plowed through the fence and rammed the squad cars. Officers were meeting in a parking lot off the road at the time.
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After ramming the officers, officials say the driver backed up and fled the scene. Officers pursued for nearly three miles on the streets of Waukesha. Later, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and spun out in traffic so that he was facing the oncoming squad car. The suspect then rammed the side of the officer’s squad yet again before continuing to flee.
Investigators say the suspect gained some distance from the officers, but eventually lost control when he attempted to turn into a vacant parking lot off of Progress Ave. The pickup truck struck a fixed barrier, rolled over and was totaled.
As officers arrived at the crash scene, the naked suspect was seen walking away from the truck. Officials say he was either ejected from the truck during the crash or exited as officers arrived on scene. Police did have to fire a bean bag at the man to get him to comply as they were taking him into custody.
Officials say the suspect was believed to have taken LSD and is suspected of battery against his girlfriend in a domestic incident that happened before his run around town.
A police spokesman tells FOX6 News it's fortunate the officers got to the man before he potentially hurt others in the community.
"If he's willing to go and ram officers -- knowing that we're trained to protect the community, if he's willing to take that risk, what's he going to do to an innocent person and what protection do they have?" said Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department.
FOX6 News is told the suspect is someone who has had many contacts with police in the past -- and he's expected to face charges from this incident in the near future. We do not know how much damage he did to the police vehicles involved in this chase, but we are told none of the officers were hurt.