3 arrested after chase through downtown Janesville
JANESVILLE Janesville police officer Scott Katzenmeyer thought he knew the suspect he had been chasing through residential streets, through Monterey Park and past the Van Galder Bus maintenance building around bar time Sunday morning.
But the name on the man's ID didn't match Katzenmeyer's recollection.
Throughout his field sobriety tests the man insisted his name was James C. Tracy of 3631 W. Bass Creek Road, Beloit.
That's the name that was entered into the computer when the man blew a 0.06 on the Intoximeter.
Then a woman walked by. She also was in Janesville police custody.
"Hi, Chris," she said.
It turns out Katzenmeyer's instinct's were right. He had arrested Christopher C. Winchester, 24, of 3631 W. Bass Creek Road, Beloit.
Tracy, as it turns out, left Rock County in October, when he was transferred from the Rock County Jail to Dodge Correctional Facility in Waupun to serve time for a parole violation. He has been charged with second-degree sexual assault after a July 2011 incident at a Janesville bar.
His trial is scheduled for September.
Winchester was charged Monday in Rock County Court with obstructing, fleeing and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.
The whole thing started at 2:19 a.m. Sunday when Janesville police Sgt. Aaron Ellis saw a fender-bender in the municipal parking lot at 16 N. Parker Drive, Janesville, according to a news release from the Janesville police department. When Ellis approached the lot, both cars sped away on North Parker Drive toward East Milwaukee Street.
One of the drivers, Brittany E. Forslund, 25, Janesville, stopped on River Street at Rock Street, according to the release. Police arrested her on an intoxicated driving charge.
The man police say they eventually identified as Winchester sped away. Katzenmeyer caught up with the gold Silverado pickup truck near Linn and Wilson streets on Janesville's near west side, according to the news release.
The pickup driver ignored traffic signs and drove into Monterey Park, where he drove onto the bike trail towards Monterey Rock, according to the release. He crossed into oncoming traffic on Center Avenue and then zigzagged through residential streets in the area. He nearly crashed into a bus when it backed out of a wash bay at the Van Galder Bus property on South Pearl Street.
He finally parked the truck at the dead end of Racine Street near Walnut Street on the west side of the railroad tracks.
The driver and a passenger ran from the pickup, according to the news release. Officers set up a perimeter and at 2:44 a.m. caught up with Winchester behind a business in the 1800 block of West Court Street.
The passenger, a 25-year-old Janesville man, was arrested near the parked truck on charges of resisting and possession of marijuana.