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Teen could get 35-plus years for leading cops on chase

Mike Heine/The Week

(Published June 8, 2007, 9:34 a.m.)

A Pell Lake teen led police on a wild, 13-mile ride two weeks ago, according to a criminal compliant.

On May 24, Joshua R. Becker walked away from the Walworth County Huber Dorm.

Later that day, he took a 1992 Toyota from a nearby barn on MacLean Road and headed to Illinois.

The next day, he was back in Wisconsin, running from police at more than 100 mph because, "he just didn't want to get caught at this time," according to a criminal complaint.

Becker, 17, of W917 Green St., Pell Lake, is now charged with vehicular theft, burglary of a dwelling, fleeing police, reckless endangerment, escape and trespassing. He is being charged as an adult.

The owner of the teal Toyota Paseo spotted his car in Elkhorn the morning of Friday, May 25. Elkhorn police attempted to pursue the car but lost sight of it on southbound Interstate 43, according to the complaint.

Town and city of Delavan police picked up the car and chased Becker almost 15 miles through Delavan and into Richmond Township. The chase ended when Becker lost control at Highway 89 and Territorial Road, according to the complaint.

He led police on a short foot chase before being taken into custody, according to police.

Becker exceeded 100 mph and swerved his vehicle at oncoming traffic several times in an effort to get police to back off, he admitted, according to the complaint.

Court records show Becker had been serving a seven-month Huber Dorm sentence for stealing a car.

He now faces more than 35 years in prison if convicted. A preliminary hearing is set for

Becker told police he was having problems with his ex-fiance and his parents. When he walked away from the Huber Dorm he broke into the barn to sleep and decided to steal the car stored inside, according to the complaint.

A man hauling a load of concrete in a truck told police he had to lock up his brakes at 55 mph to keep from striking the oncoming Toyota that was in his southbound lane, according to the complaint.


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