James Kruger is being held at the Iowa County Jail on $500,000 cash bond for charges after he led police multi-county high-speed chase Tuesday.
Kruger is tentatively being charged with seven felonies, including knowingly fleeing an officer, reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, being a felon in possession of a firearm, theft, false imprisonment and bomb scare, carrying a concealed weapon and operating while intoxicated with drugs.
Kruger’s next hearing in Iowa County is scheduled for Oct. 8.
Grant County officials have also referred several charges against Kruger.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Department will refer charges from Platteville, Cassville and Grant County to the District Attorney’s Office, according to a release. The charges include eluding officers, attempted homicide, robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, criminal damage to property, kidnapping and recklessly endangering safety.
Kruger was sought by numerous law enforcement agencies Tuesday and was taken into custody after stealing two cars, taking a hostage and leading deputies on a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon, according to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.
Kruger stopped at a relative’s house in the village of Cassville around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. He threatened to kill the relative and stole guns and money from him.
The Grant County Sheriff's Department got reports of shots fired south of Cassville and a search for Kruger was conducted, officials said. Around 11 a.m., a woman called authorities reporting that a man had been kidnapped.
Kruger took the owner of a truck and cattle trailer hostage and drove to Iowa County, according to the sheriff’s office. The cattle trailer was unhooked along a back road, and the hostage was able to get out of the truck in the city of Dodgeville unharmed. Kruger was later spotted in the Hollendale area, where residents were notified by phone that he was in the area, according to officials.
The pursuit resumed in Ridgeway, according to the sheriff. He said Kruger stole another vehicle from a residence south of Barneveld on County Road F.
Police deployed road spikes near Highway F in the town of Blue Mounds around 12:45 p.m., authorities said. Kruger hit the road spikes, which caused him to lose control and roll the vehicle. He was able to get out of the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames, and was then arrested.