A 22-year-old Mosinee man charged with leading an officer on a high speed chase through several residential areas has pleaded not guilty.
Andrew Penrod is charged attempting to flee an officer, possession of methamphetamine, operating while revoked, and operating with a controlled substance.
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 its squad lights and that's when the driver is accused of accelerating and driving through the 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 the vehicle took the 185 Exit, which is the exit for Business 51. The officer said the driver continued driving at a high rate of speed. The chase ended as the driver 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 the suspect 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 remains in custody on $25,000 cash bond. He's expected to return to court May 12 for a clerical court appearance.
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