One man is in custody following an early-morning pursuit that resulted in an arrest for crimes that allegedly include his 10th operating while intoxicated offense, as well as fleeing an officer and theft of a motor vehicle.

   The incident began early this morning (Thursday) at 1:56 a.m. between Ripon and Green Lake during an attempted traffic stop by a Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

   According to a press release sent out this afternoon, the deputy “conducted a traffic stop on Highway 23 in the town of Brooklyn, Green Lake County. During the initial contact, the operator fled with the vehicle heading west on Highway 23.”

   This led to a high-speed pursuit that began as “the vehicle ... turned north on Forest Ridge Road, through a field, back on Highway 23, then turned off, heading north through a field and into a marsh.”

   Speeds reached 85 mph as the deputy pursued a 1998 GMC Sonoma that eventually was disabled after striking an embankment and flipping end-over-end into a ditch.

   “The operator and his dog fled on foot into a marsh. A perimeter around the area was established and a dual-purpose police dog (tracking and protection) was called from the Waupun Police Department,” according to the press release. “With a track being found, the suspect was pursued to a local excavating company where a plow truck may have been attempted to be stolen, followed by a second stolen vehicle that was successfully taken.”

   Law enforcement later tracked the individual to a residence south of Princeton and eventually to a home in Waushara County, where a 40-year-old male was taken into custody.

   He is not being named at this time because he has not yet been charged.

   The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department confirmed, however, that the Princeton man “is in custody at the Green Lake County Correctional Facility for the crimes of operate while intoxicated 10th offense, fleeing/eluding, and theft of a motor vehicle.”

   No one was injured in the pursuit and investigation, which involved members of the Princeton and Berlin police departments and the Waupun Police Department K-9 Unit.

For more information, see the Feb. 22, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.