An Oshkosh man is facing criminal charges after attempting to flee law enforcement in the city of Ripon earlier this month — at times reaching speeds as high as 112 mph.
Darryn Mundt, 27, has been charged with attempting to flee or elude an officer (a Class I Felony) and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license (a Misdemeanor).
According to a criminal complaint filed last week Friday in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court, around 10:45 p.m. on July 9 police observed a white Chevy in the Kwik Trip parking lot on East Fond du Lac Street with a missing front license plate.
Police waited for several minutes to see if the vehicle left, the complaint states. As the Chevy left the convenience store, the Ripon police officer watching noticed that it did not have a back license plate either, court documents said.
Because the vehicle appeared to lack license plates, the officer followed to confirm and witnessed the Chevy go through several stop signs before pulling into a driveway on East Fond du Lac street, according to the complaint.
Court papers say the officer initiated a traffic stop after the vehicle had pulled into the driveway, which confirmed that the Chevy did have a temporary license plate that was not previously visible.
As the officer notified dispatch of the traffic stop, Mundt, who was operating the Chevy, began driving southbound “through the yard” of the Fond du Lac Street home and “into the yard and parking lot of the National Guard Armory” across the street, the criminal complaint noted.
The Ripon Police officer allegedly witnessed Mundt “attempting to evade contact and possibly fleeing” as he took the Chevy “around the back of the Armory” and “through the west side lawn traveling northbound through their yard leaving tire tracks.”
The Chevy then “jumped the curb” back onto East Fond du Lac Street and traveled westbound while “accelerating rapidly,” the criminal complaint says.
“Despite having both emergency lights and siren activated, the vehicle continued westbound and increased its speed significantly,” court papers said.
The pursuit continued “for a total of 10 miles” when the officer “was forced to terminate the pursuit” at the intersection of Highway 91 east of County Road E Koro in Winnebago County because the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office requested he not pursue into the neighboring county, according to court documents.
During the pursuit, the complaint said Mundt exhibited reckless driving behaviors such as driving northbound in a southbound lane toward oncoming traffic, failing to stop at posted stop signs as well as driving in speeds exceeding 100 mph — with a top speed of 112 mph and an average of 90 mph.
Law enforcement in Winnebago County made contact with Mundt after the incident and the Ripon officer identified Mundt as the Chevy driver based on booking photos, according to the criminal complaint.
In addition, police conducted a records check of Mundt, which found that he had a felony warrant for his arrest through probation/parole and was under active supervision with a revoked driver’s license, according to court documents.
The criminal complaint added that Mundt had “an extensive arrest record,” which included convictions twice for fleeing/eluding police, possession of methamphetamine, manufacture/deliver THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, several bail jumping charges and intentionally abusing hazardous materials.
If convicted for attempting to flee or elude an officer and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, Mundt faces up to four and a half years in prison and $12,500 in fines.