Teen Charged with Leading Deputy on 31 Mile High Speed Chase

By: WSAW News Team Email
By: WSAW News Team Email
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A 17-year-old Tomahawk teen is charged with three serious felonies after he's accused of leading deputies on a 31 mile high speed chase. The incident began around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Jacob Schaper was formally charged Wednesday in Lincoln County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint a deputy noticed a suspicious car with people inside parked in the parking lot of the Back Roads Auto Shop in Tomahawk after business hours. The deputy said the driver noticed him, and turned on his headlights and drove away. The deputy turned on his lights and that's when he said the suspect vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

The deputy said the driver violated several traffic laws, including passing on hills and no passing zones, failing to stop at stop signs, driving left of center and using an E-brake to make tight turns. Investigators say the driver's maneuvers endangered the safety of the occupants inside and other motorists on the roads.

The chase ended near Prentice after stop-sticks punctured the vehicles' tires.

One the teens told investigators the three had been smoking marijuana when the deputy spotted them.

Schaper is charged with fleeing an officer and two counts for 1st degree recklessly endangering safety. He's free on a $5,500 bond after posting the first $500 in cash.

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