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Man arrested after high-speed chase

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Kayla Bunge
March 4, 2009
— A Lake Geneva man faces kidnapping, recklessly endangering safety and traffic charges after police say he led them on a high-speed chase through Lake Geneva, fled after wrecking his vehicle and forced an elderly man to drive him away.

According to a news release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Office:


A Walworth County sheriff's deputy at 1:07 a.m. Tuesday tried to stop a sport-utility vehicle speeding at more than 100 mph on Highway 50 near Dummers Road west of the Lake Geneva, but the driver sped away into Lake Geneva.


The driver—who police say was Erik A. Johnson, 33, of 3273 Lockwood Blvd., Lake Geneva—eventually stopped at a traffic signal at Highway 50 and Wells Street. The deputy again attempted to stop the vehicle, but Johnson again fled, continuing into the Hillmoor Heights subdivision off Highway 50 in Lyons Township.


The driver lost control of the fleeing vehicle and it rolled. The driver was ejected and fled on foot.


Investigators determined the driver lived in the subdivision, and sheriff's deputies and Lake Geneva police officers went to the home where Johnson was believed to have lived. While they interviewed Johnson's father, Johnson called his father's home from a nearby residence that police suspect Johnson broke into. Johnson then forced the elderly man who owns the home he broke into to get into the man's car and drive Johnson out of the subdivision.


Lake Geneva police stopped the vehicle on Highway 50 at Curtis Street, and Johnson was taken into custody.


Johnson faces 16 criminal and traffic charges including kidnapping, recklessly endangering safety, fleeing an officer and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Walworth County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.



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