Posted at 2:30 p.m. on September 20, 2018
The Brillion News
MANITOWOC – When a Manitowoc County sheriff’s deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop around 2 a.m. Thursday, September 20, it started a chase.
The incident began on County JJ, east of I-43 in the Town of Manitowoc Rapids. east of I-43 in the Township of Manitowoc Rapids when the officer pulled a vehicle over for a traffic law violation and vehicle equipment violation.
As the deputy approached the vehicle on foot, the operator fled by traveling westbound on County JJ at a high rate of speed. Deputies set up a tire deflation device on County JJ and County J.
The device deflated all four tires, but the driver continued to flee by traveling southbound on J. ABout three tenths of a mile later, the vehicle turned into a driveway on the east side of County J and went into a cut corn field.
While in the field, the deputy performed a pursuit intervention technique that stopped the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody.
He was identified as 38-year-old Steve W. Mier of Manitowoc. He was arrested for Felony Fleeing/Eluding, Felony Recklessly Endangering Safety, and three also booked on three active arrest warrants – Department of Corrections for parole violation; Ozaukee County Sheriffs Office for Theft by Contractor Fraud; and West Allis Police Department for Abandoned Vehicle. He was also issued traffic citations for Unreasonable & Imprudent Speed, Operating Left of Center, and Operating after Suspension.
The distance of the pursuit was approximately 7.8 miles and reached speeds of 105 MPH. Steve Mier was operating a 2004 Ford F150 pick-up truck. The truck and squad car sustained minor damage, but on one was injured.