146 mph chase driver sentenced


Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. – A Hancock man accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase through Florence and Iron counties accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to jail time in Florence County Court on Tuesday.

Karl Dresch, 33, pleaded no contest to one felony count of fleeing and eluding an officer. One felony count of recklessly endangering safety-first degree was dismissed.

Dresch was sentenced to 11 months in jail, followed by two years of probation. He must complete alcohol and drug assessment and follow recommendations, and his driver’s license was revoked for six months.

While on probation, Dresch cannot operate his Pontiac Trans Am, consume or possess alcohol, or enter any bars or taverns.

Dresch is also scheduled for a two-day jury trial on July 22-23 in Iron County Trial Court for the same incident.

In Iron County, he faces one felony count of fleeing and eluding-fourth degree, one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated, and one misdemeanor count of open intoxicants in a vehicle.

The charges against Dresch stem from a June 7, 2013 incident.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, a deputy from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department observed Dresch traveling in a Pontiac Trans Am at a speed of 72 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone on County Road N in Florence.

When the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Dresch did not pull over and began accelerating.

The chase continued from County Road N to U.S. 2 and into Iron County in Michigan, where deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit.

Deputies reported that chase speeds reached 146 miles per hour.

Dresch voluntarily pulled over on County Road 424, just east of Alpha. The criminal complaint states that Dresch claimed to be out cruising and unaware he was being pursued.

A partial case of beer, empty cans, and two open liquor bottles were recovered from Dresch’s vehicle, the complaint states.

No one was injured in the incident, though deputies noted that Dresch nearly hit several vehicles while passing traffic in no-passing zones.

Evan Reid’s e-mail address is ereid@ironmountaindailynews.com.