Fond du Lac County chase, Oshkosh man arrested

Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office

A 35-year-old Oshkosh man was arrested Saturday morning, Feb. 4, for several charges after fleeing deputies and crashing in Fond du Lac County.

A Fond du Lac County deputy first pulled the man over near Johnson and Pioneer around 3 a.m. Officials said the license plates were suspended and did not match the vehicle.

The deputy approached the man and suspected he was intoxicated. At first, the sheriff's office said the man tried to identify himself as his brother. 

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Once the deputy positively identified the man, it was determined he had active warrants out for his arrest. He was also on probation for fleeing/eluding an officer. 

The man refused to get out of his vehicle sped off.

Deputies used a tire deflation device – but it didn't work. The vehicle continued fleeing down Johnson through Fond du Lac, the sheriff's office said, until it hit a median on State Highway 23 near Hillview Road. 

The vehicle became disabled in a ditch and the man ran off. However, a deputy chased the man down and tased him – taking him into custody. 

The chase stretched approximately 15 miles, the sheriff's office said. The deputy's cruiser and the man's vehicle were both significantly damaged.

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The deputy sustained possible injuries due to his airbags deploying while making contact with the man's vehicle. The man also complained of injuries and was medically cleared at a hospital. 

According to officials, the man is being charged with fleeing/eluding, two counts of resisting/obstructing, second-degree reckless endangered safety and bail jumping. He will also be cited for operating while intoxicated (second offense), operating after revocation, speeding and violating license restrictions for failure to install an ignition interlock device.