Surprise! Deputies win high speed chase

Posted at 4 p.m. on July 12, 2019

The Brillion News

MANITOWOC – A high-speed chase between a car operated by a 36-year old Appleton man and deputies from the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department ended with a foot pursuit with the driver arrested and booked into the Manitowoc County Jail.

It began at 1:57 a.m. on Friday, July 12, when a deputy tried to stop a 2005 Ford Fusion in the 3500 block of Calumet Avenue in Manitowoc. Instead, the vehicle took off west on Calumet, then north on I-43.

Officers put out tire-deflation sticks on I-43 near State 310/U.S. 10 deflating one tire. The car kept going, and went over a second stop-stick near Rockwood, deflating the remaining three tires.

The driver kept fleeing on the rims, southbound on County R back into the City of Manitowoc, where the car ended up in the ditch on R near Fleetwood Drive.

The driver, Christopher Ramirez, fled from there on foot. His passenger, 30-year old Savannah Spencer of Manitowoc, didn’t run and was arrested.

Ramirez was tracked and apprehended with help from a police dog named Leon.

The chase lasted 16 miles and reached speeds of 115 m.p.h. Ramirez was booked into jail for knowingly fleeing, recklessly endangering safety, operating under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also detained on a probation warrant. Spencer was jailed for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Dan Hartwig thanks the Manitowoc PD and citizens for their help in tracking down Ramirez.

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