Police: Man arrested following Janesville high-speed chase
Incident began with minor traffic crash
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville police said they arrested a man who led officers on a high-speed chase following a minor traffic crash early Sunday morning.
A police sergeant saw a minor traffic crash about 2:20 a.m. Sunday in a municipal parking lot at 16 N. Parker Dr., and when the sergeant approached the lot, both vehicles involved in the crash drove from the lot at a high rate of speed.
The driver of one of the vehicles, an Oldsmobile Alero, stopped for officers on S. River St. at Rock St. The driver, Brittany E. Forslund, 25, of Janesville, was arrested on a charge of first-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the Janesville Police Department.
Police said the driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, accelerated away from the stop at a high rate of speed.
An officer relocated the Silverado near Linn Street and Wilson Street, and said the truck was still traveling at a high rate of speed disregarding any traffic signs.
The truck sped away from officers, eventually turning into Monterey Park, and the driver proceeded onto the bike trail towards the Monterey Rock, police said.
As officers converged into the park, the driver left the bike trail and crossed into oncoming traffic on Center Avenue near Riverside Street.
An officer started chasing the truck on Riverside Street, and the driver then crossed back over Rockport Road towards West Racine Street and eventually fled from the vehicle with a passenger on foot from the dead end of West Racine Street at South Walnut Street, according to the Janesville Police Department.
Janesville police set up a perimeter in the area, and at 2:44 a.m., officers located the driver running behind Janesville Brick and Tile.
The officers chased the driver on foot and detained him behind the business in the 1800 block of West Court Street. Police said the driver, Christopher C. Winchester, 24, of Beloit, was arrested on numerous charges, including operating while intoxicated, obstructing and on a felony warrant from the Department of Corrections. He is being held at the Rock County Jail.
Police said a passenger in the truck, Quinn C. Riggs, 25, of Janesville, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.