Bond set at $150,000 for man shot by Colby officer while fleeing police

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon cited an extensive criminal history dating back to 1982 as reason bond should be set at $150,000 cash for Dan Willison.

The 55-year-old was charged Friday after an incident May 2 at Home Motel in Abbotsford.

Colby Officer Kyle Jolin responded to the Home Motel in Abbottsford around 9 p.m. that night. Investigators said he made contact with Willison outside the motel when he attempted to flee in a vehicle. The officer was hit by the vehicle and then fired his weapon, hitting the Willison, according to investigators.

In court Friday, Wetzsteon said even after being shot, Willson still tried to flee.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Colby-Abbotsford Police Department, and Marathon County Sheriff’s Office pursued the vehicle. Investigators said Willison stopped the vehicle and ran and was then arrested by police.

Wetzsteon ruled Officer Jolin's actions justified.

Willison is charged with several counts including first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Wetzsteon said he has convictions in several states including Colorado, Tennessee, Indiana and other. He also has 15 convictions in Wisconsin.

He's scheduled to return to court Aug. 28. That's when a judge will rule if there is enough evidence for his case to head to trial.