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Chase hits speeds of 100 mph

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Gazette staff
November 6, 2011
— A Janesville man faces multiple charges after he led police on a nine-mile chase through residential neighborhoods early Saturday, the Janesville Police Department reports.

According to Janesville police, officers were responding to a fight shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday at East Court Street and South Main Street when they saw a car driven by Ryan T. Silvas, 21, of Janesville, speeding away from the area.


According to police, Silvas drove the wrong way west on Court Street, hitting a pole at the intersection of West Court Street and South Academy Street, and nearly striking the vehicle of an officer who was in pursuit.


Silvas then turned around and drove east on Court Street, where he hit a water fountain and drug it beneath his car.


He continued through the Fourth Ward neighborhood and drove south on Highway 51, reportedly at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.


Police said the chase ended near Highway 51 and Townline Road, where Silvas drove over the median and hit two signposts, disabling the car.


Silvas was arrested and is being held at Rock County Jail for operating while intoxicated, hit and run, fleeing an officer and recklessly endangering safety.


Silvas reportedly had warrants in Rock County for escape, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.


A passenger in Silvasís vehicle was taken into custody and was later released.



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