Sheboygan actor leads police on chase because he didn't want to miss his performance

Sheboygan police pursuit

SHEBOYGAN -- A Sheboygan man is accused of taking deputies on a chase. Investigators say the community theater actor did it because of his performance in a play.

David Neese

61-year-old David Neese, was originally stopped Saturday, February 10th, by Sheboygan County Sheriff's Deputies for a busted headlight along Highway 57 in Plymouth. They quickly realized the driver was in trouble for theft.

"In-house has it flagged, he has probably cause to be arrested," the officer can be heard saying.

When they tried to take him into custody, investigators say Neese told them he couldn't be arrested because of his performance in a play on Sunday, and said, "...he would turn himself in after the show."

Squad dash camera shows Neese taking off.

Sheboygan police pursuit

Sheboygan police pursuit

"He's in a play and can't be arrested right now," the officer said.

About a minute later, Neese stopped near Green Tree Road.

Sheboygan police pursuit

"We're not doing this again, turn the engine off and get out of the car," the officer is heard saying.

Neese didn't listen.

"Turn the engine off and get out of the car now," the officer can be heard shouting.

Instead, Neese took off again -- continuing southbound on 57. Road spikes punctured his tire and he was finally stopped a few minutes later.

Sheboygan police pursuit

"Dave, turn off the engine and get out of the car now," the officer is heard saying in the video.

Neese is seen exiting his vehicle, and eventually walked toward the deputies.

Sheboygan police pursuit

"Take your hands out of your pockets, Dave. Turn around please," the officer is heard saying in the video.

Neese was cuffed, and put into the back of a squad. Curtains closed on the local actor who didn't make his final performance.

The Calumet County Community Theatre confirms Neese was in the cast of their play "Noises Off" this past weekend. He did not show up for the performance on Sunday. A board member tells FOX6 he didn't know why until we told him.

Sheboygan police pursuit