Motorcyclists charged following separate pursuits, Columbus police say

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COLUMBUS, Wis. — Two men appeared in court Tuesday on charges stemming from separate motorcycle chases in Columbus in recent months.

One of the high-speed chases happened in April. In a news release Tuesday night, police said an officer tried to stop a motorcycle without a license plate on West Prairie Street on the night of April 21. The motorcyclist took off and eventually got away from the pursuing officer.

On Saturday, based on investigative leads, officers arrested 22-year-old Peyton Drolshagen for eluding an officer. Drolshagen initially said he didn’t own a motorcycle before later admitting to fleeing police, the release said.

Another motorcycle chase involving another man happened just before 5 p.m. on July 2. Police said an officer tried to stop a motorcycle without a license plate on Tower Drive, at which point the motorcyclist took off, eventually getting away.

A week later, the same officer saw a motorcycle matching the description of the one in the July 2 chase on West James Street. The motorcyclist again took off at a high rate of speed but the officer did not chase him.

A short time later, the officer found the motorcycle and the motorcyclist, identified as 25-year-old Nicholas Grueneberg, at Grueneberg’s home in Columbus. Grueneberg reportedly admitted to fleeing the officer on July 2 and was arrested for eluding an officer.

Both men made initial court appearances Tuesday afternoon, according to online records. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Drolshagen on August 12 and for Grueneberg on August 19.

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