146-mph chase suspect held

FLORENCE, Wis. – A Georgia man was arrested Friday night after fleeing law enforcement officials in both Wisconsin and Michigan at speeds of well over 100 miles per hour.

There were no injuries or damage as a result of the pursuit, which began shortly before 8 p.m. on County Road N south of Florence and ended without incident on County Road 424 east of Alpha in Iron County.

Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby said that the pursuit was 16 miles long and lasted eight minutes.

A Florence County Sheriff’s Department deputy observed a northbound vehicle traveling on County Road N at a radar-confirmed speed of 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, it raced away at speeds exceeding 120 mph, said Rickaby.

Police dispatch radio described the vehicle as a red Pontiac Trans Am.

Rickaby said that the deputy pursued the vehicle until it neared the town of Florence, where the deputy slowed for safety reasons. The vehicle then turned west on U.S. 2.

A second Florence County car entered into the pursuit west of Florence, where speeds exceeded 126 mph. The pursuit continued into Michigan, where speeds reached 146 mph, said Rickaby.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Department picked up the chase, with one Florence County unit discontinuing. Michigan State Police deployed “stop stick” devices south of Crystal Falls.

Before reaching Crystal Falls, the vehicle turned on County Road 424 towards Alpha and stopped voluntarily just east of Alpha.

Law enforcement officials took the driver, 32-year-old Karl Dresch from Crawfordville, Ga., into custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Iron County Trial Court today on charges of fleeing and eluding-fourth degree, operating while intoxicated, and open intoxicants in a vehicle.