A Sparta man told authorities he was high on crack cocaine when he led them on a pursuit early Saturday with speeds reaching more than 100 mph.
Seth Arttus, 30, didn’t stop for officers about 12:35 a.m. near Braund Street and Hwy. 16 in Onalaska when they tried to stop him for a suspended registration, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
Arttus continued though intersections at 50 mph and red lights on Hwy. 16 at Theater and Kinney Coulee Roads. He led police onto the interstate, where speeds reached 111 mph, the complaint states.
He drove around construction cones to pass a semi before taking exit 12 at West Salem. Arttus then blew through stop signs and continued on Buol Road toward Bangor at speeds of 101 mph, according to the complaint.
Arttus nearly struck a La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department squad car at 80 mph before the deputy stopped pursuing him, according to the complaint. The deputy found his abandoned Ford Expedition on Hwy. 162.
A Vernon County sheriff’s police dog helped find Arttus hiding in briars. He apologized and told deputies he “was having some major problems and he wanted to crash during the chase,” according to the complaint.
He also admitted to smoking crack cocaine just before the pursuit.
Prosecutors charged him Tuesday with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and misdemeanor bail jumping. He returns to court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing and is jailed on a $2,500 cash bond.