Rock County deputies chased driver, thinking he was a robber

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Janesville man whom deputies thought was a robber led officers from Milton, Edgerton, State Patrol and the Rock County Sheriff's Office on a high-speed pursuit on Highway 51 and rural roads north of Janesville on Tuesday night.

The sheriff's office later determined the driver was not involved in a strong-armed robbery that was reported at 8:29 p.m. in the 5900 block of North Newville Road in the town of Janesville, according to a news release.

After a chase that lasted about 30 minutes, the vehicle driven by Christopher A. Kienast, 41, crashed near a curve at Fulton and Main streets in the town of Fulton.

The chase started when a deputy spotted a vehicle similar to one believed to be driven by the robber, on Highway 14 near Newville Road, shortly after the incident was dispatched, according to the news release.

The deputy tried to perform a traffic stop, but the driver fled at high speed while violating traffic laws, according to the release.

“Numerous attempts at using stop sticks were unsuccessful,” the release states.

Kienast was extricated from the vehicle and taken by ambulance to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release.

Kienast was arrested for fleeing and likely will face traffic citations. He will appear in court after his release from the hospital, according to the release.

“After investigation it was determined that Kienast was not involved in the robbery and was fleeing due to a revoked driver's license,” according to the release.

The sheriff's office says it has identified a suspect in the robbery, who is known to the victim.

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