Janesville teen in custody after fleeing police, ramming squad car

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Gazette Staff
Friday, November 13, 2009
— A Janesville teen was taken into custody at the Rock County Jail after fleeing a police officer and ramming his car into a Janesville Police Department squad car late Wednesday night, according to a department press release.

Cody E. Kotthaus, 17, of 1551 LaSalle Court, was arrested at 11:10 p.m. on charges of second degree reckless endangering safety, knowingly fleeing an officer, operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, hit and run and resisting an officer, the release said.

Officer Shawn Welte tried to make a traffic stop after he saw a Chevy Lumina speeding north on Crosby Avenue near West Court Street. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, it accelerated quickly, turned off its headlights and drove through several stop signs without stopping before driving into a yard in the 600 block of N. Grant Ave., the release said.

When Welte stopped his squad car, Kotthaus turned his vehicle toward him, rammed into the squad car then fled east on foot. With the help of several other officers and a department K-9, Kotthaus was eventually found hiding in a back yard in the 500 block of North Oakhill Avenue. He is in custody at the Rock County Jail, the release said.

The squad car received an estimated $5,000 damage while Kotthaus' car had about $2,000 damage, said a department spokesman. A Rock County sheriff's deputy investigated the crash at the request of the police department.

Last updated: 11:57 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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