Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 43 at speeds in excess of 120 mph, after officials say a West Allis man failed to stop for deputies pursing a traffic stop.
The driver exited the interstate and was traveling down back roads without headlights on before the vehicle went airborne, according to the criminal complaint obtained by TODAY’S TMJ4.
Upon landing, the vehicle struck a wooden fence at the end of the road and ended up on a hill wedged in some trees and brush.
The responding deputy said the driver posed a danger to the public.
"Deputy … further reports that she felt the driver was a significant danger to others on the road due to the high speeds of travel and wet roads. She noted that the driver wove back and forth between lanes and even straddled the centerline at times,” the criminal complaint states.
Earlier in the chase, deputies deployed stop sticks, but that didn’t stop the driver, who eventually exited the interstate onto County Road AA.
Deputies approached the stopped vehicle and noticed the driver’s seat was empty, but identified the passenger who was unable to exit the vehicle as it was pinned against a tree, the complaint states.
The driver was later located walking along I-43 at Smies Road and admitted participating in the pursuit, noting he was traveling from Manitowoc.
Officials say although the vehicle smelled strongly of burnt marijuana, no drugs or paraphernalia could be located.
The chase began in the early morning hours April 7 in the town of Mosel. The driver, Kendrick A. Davis, Jr., has since been charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. If convicted, Davis faces up to a $10,000 fine and up to three and-a-half years in prison.