On 09-19-17, the Dane Co. 911 Center received a call from a driver indicating the occupants of a vehicle following them were threatening and trying to get them to pull over to fight. The caller gave dispatch the plate number, which the dispatcher ran and discovered that the suspect vehicle was stolen. McFarland Police personnel were dispatched. Moments later, a Dane Co. Deputy located the suspect vehicle at HWY 51 and Farwell St. and attempted to stop it.
The vehicle fled, however the pursuit was terminated shortly thereafter due to the time of day and density of traffic. The suspect vehicle was located once again near the Curling Club on Marsh Rd., where McFarland Officers attempted contact. The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. With the assistance of area departments and a few police K9 teams (including Boris) a perimeter was established and four of the five occupants were apprehended.
The driver of the vehicle remained at large, but was taken into custody on the evening of 09-20-17. Officers located a box of .45 cal. handgun ammo in the vehicle, and through interviews and further investigation learned that the suspect that was not immediately taken into custody may have been armed. Using the K9 teams, article searches of the area were conducted but no handgun was recovered. On the morning of 09-20-17, another vehicle was reported stolen near the location the suspect fled. It was recovered near the suspect's home in Madison.
The driver is currently in custody at the Juvenile Retention Center in Madison, facing numerous charges including two counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Consent. Charges will be forwarded to the Dane County Juvenile District Attorney's Office on the passengers. All individuals involved were juveniles, and all Madison residents.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone having additional information is encouraged to contact the McFarland Police Department at 608-838-3151.