Man faces multiple felonies following police pursuit on I-90, standoff, police say

Ronnie Ballard DCSO booking photo
Ballard

DEFOREST, Wis. — A Madison man is in custody following a police chase that ended on the interstate near DeForest.

The Sun Prairie Police Department said officers responded at about 3 a.m. to a report of a man who fired a gun during a dispute with a female. No one was struck by the bullet.

Police said the man left in the female’s vehicle without her permission.

Officers saw the suspect, 31-year-old Ronnie A.L. Ballard, and attempted a traffic stop. Police said a vehicle pursuit then ensued and Ballard eventually stopped the vehicle at the top of the west I-90 off-ramp to County Road V in the town of Vienna.

Police said Ballard put the handgun to his head and a standoff began. Officials shut down the section of County Road V and the on- and off-ramps of west I-90 and County Road V during the standoff.

Police said Ballard eventually put the gun down and exited the vehicle, complying with officer’s commands and was taken into custody. Officers recovered the handgun.

According to the report, Ballard was arrested on suspicion of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, felony eluding, and four counts of misdemeanor bail-jumping.