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Chase through Delavan reaches nearly 100 mph

Police arrest suspect after crash

Mike Heine/The Week

(Published May 25, 2007, 10:38 a.m.. updated 11:08 a.m.)

A walk-away from the Walworth County Huber Dorm is suspected of leading police on a chase through Walworth County that surpassed speeds of 100 mph Friday morning.

Joshua R. Becker, W917 Green St., Pell Lake, was arrested after the reportedly stolen car he was driving crashed at the intersection of Highway 89 and Territorial Road about 10:20 a.m., according to police radio transmissions.

The car was reportedly stolen.

Becker, who led police on a short foot chase after the crash, was serving a seven-month Huber sentence for stealing a car, according to court records.

Jail officials reported him as a walk-away Thursday night.

He allegedly stole a car sometime since then and was spotted by Elkhorn police about 10 a.m.

A chase ensued southbound on Interstate 43.

Elkhorn police lost sight of the Toyota but city of Delavan police picked up the chase at the off-ramp at Highway 50.

The chase went westbound on Highway 50 in Delavan and continued westbound on Highway 11, through downtown Delavan at speeds approaching 90 mph, according to police.

Once out of the city limits, speeds pressed over 100 mph and the fleeing car nearly struck an oncoming semi and an oncoming garbage truck, according to police.

At times, Becker swerved toward oncoming traffic in an apparent attempt to have police back off, according to police.

The chase went northbound several miles on Highway 89 before ending in a cornfield at the intersection of Territorial Road in Richmond Township.



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