Teenager arrested after two overnight car chases in Kenosha County
KENOSHA - Officers with the Kenosha Police Department say a teenager has been arrested early Tuesday morning after a pair of car chases in the overnight hours.
According to police, they first tried to stop the 16-year-old for a stop sign violation at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The suspect took off. Officers initially chased him, but they pulled back after the chase got too wild.
Kenosha Police told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jon Byman that cars during the initial chase reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
Investigators later learned the car was wanted in connection with crimes in Walworth County. They kept an eye out for the car.
An officer in Pleasant Prairie spotted the driver at about 12:45 a.m., and Kenosha Police tried to pull him over again. At that point, another chase started.
The Sheriff's Department laid down spike strips on Highway 50 near I-94. Those strips stopped the car.
The driver took off running and hid in a wooded area. Authorities called in a helicopter to help search for the man.
He apparently spent about 90 minutes by a river near Highway 50 in Kenosha.
They found him and took him into custody just before 4:30 Tuesday morning.
Police believe the suspect had stolen license plates from a vehicle in Walworth County. The owner of that vehicle reported his business had been broken into.
Investigators were checking into whether he was involved in the burglary.
"We have the truck here. We're going to get a search warrant to look through there to see if there is anything stolen or anything we can tie into him."