High-speed chase through Janesville ends in multiple charges

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Shelly Birkelo
Friday, February 14, 2014

JANESVILLE—A 21-year-old Janesville man is behind bars after a 3-minute, 1.7-mile high-speed pursuit Thursday night through an east side neighborhood.

Alex C. Schenck, 1514 Arbutus, was arrested on charges of felony fleeing, recklessly endangering safety, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, obstructing an officer, a probation violation and four outstanding warrants. Plus, he was cited for operating after revocation and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, according to a Janesville Police Department news release.

According to the release:

The incident started at 11:21 p.m. Thursday when a Janesville police officer was investigating a theft complaint in the 400 block of South Ringold Street. He noticed a car traveling north at a high rate of speed on South Fremont Street. When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver refused to pull over, and the pursuit started.

As Schenck drove through the neighborhood of East Racine Street, he turned off his headlights and drove through stop signs while traveling at speeds in excess of 60 mph. Just as the officer decided for safety reasons to suspend the pursuit, which had gone on for 1.7 miles and 3 minutes, Schenck's driving forced another Janesville squad car off the road.

When other officers began following Schenck at normal speeds, they lost him in the area of Racine Street and Palmer Drive. They later found his vehicle unoccupied in the rear parking lot of a bar in the 2200 block of East Racine Street. Police and a canine unit began tracking footprints in the 1700 block of East Racine Street, and an officer saw Schenck emerge from a wood line. That's where he was taken into custody.

No injuries or damages resulted from the pursuit.

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