A 59-year-old Clintonville man accused of leading officers on a nearly 50 mile chase through three counties remains behind bars on $50,000 cash bond.
Four squad cars were damaged and one officer sustained minor injuries during the chase Tuesday morning. Randall Wilson is charged with first degree recklessly endangering safety, driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent and fleeing an officer. Additionally, he was issued a traffic citations for not having a valid driver’s license.
According to Captain Jim Beggs of the Clintonville Police Department
police responded to the report of vehicle stolen from Steinke Auto in Clintonville around 9:30 a.m. The suspect vehicle was spotted by Marion officers just minutes later. Captain Beggs said the suspect vehicle continued north on Highway 45 leaving the city and heading into Shawano County.
Deputies from Marathon County said officers attempted several times to deploy stop stick deflation devices; however, the said the suspect driver drove around the deployed stop sticks and drove through the median area between eastbound and westbound lanes of State Highway 29.
A pursuit continued as the suspect vehicle headed west on Highway 29 and then north on Highway 51.
Deputies said due to the dangerous driving actions of the fleeing driver, a Marathon County Sheriff’s Detective engaged the fleeing vehicle with his squad vehicle to prevent him from exiting onto Rib Mountain Drive from US-51 where he would have presented an extreme danger to motorists on Rib Mountain Drive.
The chase ended around 10:39 a.m. near County Highway N in Rib Mountain. Investigators said the driver, later identified as Wilson, was the sole occupant of the vehicle.