A 22-year-old Mosinee man convicted of leading an officer on a drug-fueled high speed chase through several residential areas will spend four years in prison.
Andrew Penrod pleaded no contest to attempting to flee an officer, and operating with a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Tuesday's hearing consolidated several open criminal cases and reopened others as the conviction was a violation of probation in previous cases.
Investigators says an officer from the Mosinee Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for driving without headlights near Pepper Court around 11 p.m. April 17. The officer activated his squad lights and that's when Penrod accelerated and drove through a stop sign.
The officer said speeds reached 74 mph. According to the criminal complaint, the driver drove through a red light at Maple Ridge Road. The officer said the vehicle then made its way onto northbound I-39 and was traveling at 98 mph.
The officer said that's when Penrod took the 185 Exit, which is the exit for Business 51. The officer said Penrod continued driving at a high rate of speed. The chase ended as Penrod lost control driving through a yard and two fences before striking a tree.
According to dash camera video from the Mosinee Police Department the incident began just before 11 p.m., and ended more than an hours later with an arrest.
Police when Penrod got out of the car he started running. Dash camera video shows he was wearing a reflective vest and was easily spotted running through trees. He was ordered to stopped several times and finally surrendered in yard on Bonney Oak Drive. Police say he screamed “Don't kill me” as he laid on the lawn.
Police also say the vehicle Penrod was driving had been stolen.
According to the criminal complaint, Penrod told police he had done heroin an hour prior to the chase. And during the chase, had eaten methamphetamine to get rid of it.
No one was injured during the incident.
Penrod will spend three years on probation following his release from prison.
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