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Milwaukee man leads troopers on 100 mph chase through Jefferson, Waukesha Counties

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Posted at 9:03 PM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 12:44:02-04

WAUKESHA COUNTY — An intoxicated man from Milwaukee led State Patrol on a 100+ mph chase through Jefferson and Waukesha County on Saturday night before being arrested.

Ralph Schroeder, 53, was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol Waukesha Post and charged with driving under the influence, fifth offense.

During the evening of October 17, State Patrol dispatch received multiple driving complaints about a vehicle traveling eastbound on I-94 in Jefferson and Waukesha counties. A State Trooper in the area located Schroeder and witnessed his erratic driving.

After attempting to pull the vehicle over, Schroeder fled from the trooper. Other law enforcement agencies farther east tried to deploy tire deflation devices, but were unsuccessful.

Troopers eventually halted their pursuit for risk of danger to the public after Schroeder was traveling over 100 miles per hour in I-94 through Waukesha County. Upon entering Milwaukee County, Schroeder crashed his vehicle on State Trunk Highway 100 and fled on foot.

He was eventually caught near an animal daycare facility where he was then taken into custody without incident by the West Allis Police Department. Schroeder was also charged with fleeing, operating after revocation, failure to install ignition interlock, obstructing an officer, reckless driving, possession of open intoxicants and littering.

Assisting agencies in this pursuit included Waukesha Sherriff's Office, Milwaukee Sheriff's Office, West Allis Police Department and New Berlin Police Department.

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