Man leads police, deputies in car, foot chase

Police: 20-year-old was released from jail 2 hours before incident
Man leads police, deputies in car, foot chase
Michael L. McThune

A Beloit man led police and sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit after stealing a car from a Janesville home early Sunday morning, officials said.

Janesville police responded to a report of a stolen car in the 2400 block of West Burbank Avenue around 5:40 a.m., according to a release.

A woman told police she was warming her car up in her garage and realized a short time later that her car was missing, officials said.

Around 5:50 a.m. a Rock County sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle, which was heading southbound on Highway 51 in the town of Beloit, according to the release. The driver of the stolen vehicle increased speed after noticing the deputy. The deputy pursued the driver, reaching speeds around 100 miles per hour.

At the intersection of Riverside Drive and Henry Avenue in Beloit, the driver attempted to turn east but lost control of the vehicle and hit a traffic signal, officials said. After the vehicle stopped, the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Beloit police officers joined the chase and arrested Michael L. McThune, 20, of Beloit, near the Beloit Public Library.

Police said McThune had been released from the Rock County Jail about two hours prior to the incident.

McThune was arrested on charges of burglary, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, fleeing to avoid arrest, operating with a suspended license and obstructing or resisting officers, according to the release. McThune faces charges from Janesville police, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the Beloit Police Department.

He will make his initial appearance on these charges on Monday.