On 9-29-16 at approximately 1:27am, a Manitowoc City Police Officer on patrol observed a white, 2001 Chevrolet Malibu traveling the wrong way at an extremely high rate of speed going northbound over the downtown 10th St. bridge for southbound only traffic.
The officer made an effort to catch up to the vehicle as it continued northbound in the southbound traffic lanes, but the officer lost sight of the vehicle shortly after it turned west onto New York Ave. A moment later, a second Manitowoc officer observed the same vehicle as it sped north through the intersection of N. Rapids Rd. and Waldo Blvd., completely disregarding the flashing red electric signal.
Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputies managed to get behind the speeding vehicle as it left the Manitowoc City Limits going north on CTH R. The vehicle refused to pull over, and Manitowoc Sheriff’s Deputies pursued the vehicle as it turned east on Highway 310, then south on CTH B. The vehicle entered the Manitowoc City Limits once again, crossing Waldo Blvd. a second time, and speeding southbound on the one-way, northbound only traffic of N. 8th St.
Eventually the speeding vehicle reached Manitowoc’s Lincoln Public High School, where it entered the student drop off turnaround at the front of the school. The speeding vehicle made a U-turn in the turnaround, and sideswiped two separate Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputy squad cars as it continued to elude capture.
The suspect vehicle came to a brief stop on Columbus St. at S. 8th St., but when deputies stopped behind him, the suspect driver threw the vehicle into reverse and rammed the front end of one of the deputy’s squad cars. The suspect vehicle then took off again at a high rate of speed, westbound on Columbus St. from S. 8th St., completely disregarding stop signs. When it reached S. 11th St. the suspect vehicle again came to a stop, only to have the suspect driver again throw the vehicle in reverse and ram a second sheriff’s deputy squad car. The suspect vehicle then continued northbound on S. 11th St. where sheriff’s deputies finally managed to use Pursuit Intervention Techniques to spin the suspect vehicle out of control and get the suspect vehicle boxed in and unable to continue.
The suspect driver was arrested without further incident. He was identified as a 25 year old Green Bay man. The suspect vehicle and one deputy squad car had to be towed from the scene.
Alcohol and/or drug consumption were not believed to be factors in the accident, however, the motives for the suspected driver’s actions i still under investigation.
The suspected driver was evaluated for possible minor injuries at a local hospital, and then transported to the Manitowoc County Jail where he was booked and held on three counts of Felony Recklessly Endangering Safety 1st Degree, three counts of Felony Damage to Property, Felony Fleeing or Eluding, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Probation Holds, and a variety of traffic law violations.
No officers were hurt during the incident.