An Elroy man allegedly ran from police and used a drug suspected to be morphine while hiding from authorities Aug. 1.

Daniel A. Hastings, 23, was charged with felony bail jumping, possession of narcotic drugs, second and subsequent offense, possession of THC, second and subsequent offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property less than $2,500 and resisting an officer.

According to a criminal complaint:

Members of the Elroy Police Department spotted Hastings, who had an active warrant, pulling into the Brunner Manufacturing parking lot as a passenger in a green van. According to the report, Hastings exited the van and began running knowing two police officers were on his trail.

A foot chase ensued and Hastings led police through the swamp near the Baraboo River. Several officers responded to track down Hastings, including a state trooper and K9. The van owner, Kyle A. McCracken, 29, was recently arrested for a probation violation.

Police searched McCracken’s residence for Hastings, but he was not present. McCracken said he was 99 percent sure Hastings went to a friend’s house on Main Street. Police went to the home and spotted the friend walking down Main Street toward her house. She didn’t want police to enter because she said her house was messy, but finally agreed to let them inside.

Police found Hastings hiding in a toy box. He was arrested, and while police were transporting him upstairs they noticed several syringes lying on top of a dryer. Based on the report, Hastings admitted to having drug paraphernalia and morphine. Hastings allegedly took a dose of morphine before being arrested.

Hastings was also questioned about stolen items, including cameras and credit cards, from the villages of Union Center and Wonewoc. Hastings denied stealing the items but said the camera was under a bed at the home. He said he got them from someone else but knew they were stolen.

Police searched the house and found various forms of drugs and paraphernalia. They found two syringes in the box Hastings was hiding in with fresh blood on one of them. Police seized the items, and the substance believed to be morphine was sent to the state crime lab for testing.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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