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Police arrest Evansville man after chase

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ANN MARIE AMES
March 29, 2009
— An Evansville man had a 10-year-old child and two underage drinkers in his van when he fled police across Janesville on Friday night.

Police arrested Christopher L. Thorland, 34, of 422 S. Madison St., Evansville, at 10:39 p.m. Friday at 2365 N. Parker Drive., Janesville. Thorland was arrested on charges of resisting, recklessly endangering safely, contributing to underage drinking and operating while intoxicated.


The drunken-driving charge was listed as Thorland’s fifth such arrest.


Thorland’s flight started in the parking lot of Logli Market, 1501 Creston Park Drive, Janesville, Lt. Keith Lawver said.


An officer found Thorland driving in the lot after several motorists called 911 to report a Chevrolet conversion van driving recklessly on Milton Avenue, Lawver said.


When the officer tried to stop Thorland, Thorland took off through a neighborhood to the south of the grocery store, Lawver said. The officer called off the chase when Thorland hit 60 mph, Lawver said.


Other officers saw Thorland turn onto Black Bridge Road, where one officer estimated Thorland was driving 80 mph, Lawver said.


Thorland continued west on Black Bridge. He then turned north onto Parker Drive, striking a mailbox at 1621 N. Parker Drive, according to police reports.


Thorland pulled off the road and into a driveway at 2365 N. Parker Drive, Lawver said. Thorland started running from police through lawns.


That portion of Parker Drive is also County F.


Thorland’s passengers, a 20-year-old Janesville man, a 17-year-old Evansville teen and a 10-year-old child, stayed in the van, Lawver said.


Thorland did not know the homeowners of the property where he parked, Lawver said.


Thorland tripped in the dark on a retaining wall and injured his nose before being apprehended by police, Lawver said.


The 20- and 17-year-old passengers were cited for underage consumption of alcohol, according to police records.


Thorland is in custody at the Rock County Jail.



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