A Tomah man allegedly led police on a high speed chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour while carrying marijuana, before being arrested in Cutler.
Anonio Jaime, 20, of Tomah, is charged with felony bail jumping, felony attempting to flee or elude an officer, misdemeanor possession of THC, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
He faces up to six years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000, or both, for the felony bail jumping charge, and up to three years and six months in prison or a fine of up to $10,000, or both, for the felony attempting to flee or elude an officer charge.
According to the criminal complaint:
On May 18 at about 8:15 p.m., Deputy Justin Wegmueller was driving south on Highway H in Orange when a silver vehicle with a broken headlight crossed the centerline and nearly struck his squad car. The driver was later identified as Antonio Jamie.
The deputy turned around immediately to attempt to catch up to Jaime, who made the last turn on Highway H before 30th St. and climbed over a hill. Despite accelerating as fast as his vehicle would allow, the deputy saw Jaime was still pulling away.
Wegmueller activated his emergency lights and siren, but Jaime did not slow down. During the chase, Wegmueller reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, but was still not catching up to Jaime. The deputy radioed to dispatch to alert them that he was following a vehicle that was not stopping.
For four miles on Highway H the deputy pursued Jaime, who at one point passed another vehicle heading north on Highway H aggressively and recklessly at a high rate of speed.
Jaime braked hard and turned west on 24th St., and accelerated again until he came to a sharp S curve where he finally came to a stop. Wegmueller radioed dispatch notifying them the vehicle had stopped and the location. The chase lasted a total of 4.3 miles.
After pulling behind Jaime and exiting his car, Wegmueller ordered Jaime to exit his vehicle and keep his hands up. Jaime complied. The deputy told a passenger in the vehicle to keep his hands outside the vehicle where the deputy could see them.
Wegmueller handcuffed Jaime and searched him, discovering a glass pipe that smelled like burnt THC in his jeans pocket, a pocket knife, and several lighters. Wegmueller then placed Jaime in the back of the squad car.
When asked why Jaime had fled, Jaime replied that he was scared. When asked why he was scared, Jaime did not answer. When asked why he turned down 24th St., Jamie did not answer. When asked why he stopped, Jaime said he did not know the road or where the road was going.
The deputy ordered the passenger out of the car, identified him using his driver’s license, and searched him for weapons, of which he had none.
Wegmueller asked the passenger why Jaime had fled, to which the passenger replied that Jaime was scared and had a warrant out of La Crosse.
After running both individuals information, the deputy discovered Jaime had a revoked license and a warrant in La Crosse County for failure to appear for a felony attempting to flee or elude an officer case.
Wegmueller search Jaime’s vehicle with a State Patrol Trooper. The vehicle smelled like burnt THC during the search. Wegmueller found a plastic bag with a green leafy substance, which appeared to be THC, in a soda can. Jaime later admitted the substance was his.
Jaime was transported to the Juneau County Jail, after which Wegmueller tested the substance for THC and received a positive test.
Jaime is scheduled for an initial appearance June 19 at the Juneau County Justice Center.