Whitewater man eludes police twice before capture
James C. Durkin, N7270 Cliffview Lane, faces felony counts of eluding officers Aug. 20 and Sept. 5. Each charge carries a prison term of up to three years and six months.
Durkin has a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 18 before Walworth County Judge John Race. He is free on bond.
Durkin also faces charges related to a Sept. 5 fight he had with his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend, including a felony count of trying to strangle the new boyfriend with a sweatshirt.
The new boyfriend said he was able to break free of the strangulation hold just before passing out from lack of breath, according to the criminal complaint filed against Durkin.
Durkin then fled the Whitewater apartment of his ex-girlfriend where the melee occurred. She called police, who later spotted Durkin.
According to the complaint:
An officer in a Whitewater squad saw Durkin’s car and tried to catch up. Durkin sped up, the officer was unable to gain ground and he broke off the chase for safety reasons.
Durkin was later found by sheriff’s deputies and taken to jail. Deputies later surmised that Durkin had fled from them on Aug. 20.
The earlier pursuit occurred on part of Highway 89 and went 13 miles. The deputy eventually lost sight of Durkin’s car. Durkin told deputies that his car, a Dodge Neon, reached 158 mph.
The complaint did not elaborate on why a deputy tried to pull over Durkin on Aug. 20.