Police stop stolen SUV pursuit by deflating tires; 5 teens arrested

Ashanti Freeman, Toniece Horne, Reginald Sexton booking photos
Ashanti Freeman, Toniece Horne, Reginald Sexton

MONONA, Wis. — Five teens were arrested early Tuesday morning after police used a tire-deflation device to stop a stolen SUV on the Beltline, according to a news release.

The Monona Police Department said officers were in the area of the Beltline and West Broadway at 12:57 a.m. when they heard on a Dane County radio channel that a deputy was in pursuit of a stolen GMC Acadia headed east on the Beltline at a high speed.

An officer from the town of Madison police deployed stop sticks in the area of Rimrock Road, which punctured the SUV’s tires, officials said. As the vehicle passed South Towne and West Broadway, Monona officers pursued the vehicle.

The deflated tires caused the vehicle to a stop on the Beltline near Monona Drive, police said. Officers saw five people exit the vehicle, jump over the center median, cross the westbound lanes of the Beltline and run north toward the shopping center at Monona and Broadway.

Officers chased them and with the help of other area departments and arrested all five.

Police said 17-year-old Ashanti Freeman, who was driving the SUV, is facing tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, felony eluding police, resisting arrest, felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping and several active warrants.

Toniece Horne, 17, is facing tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent as a passenger and resisting arrest.

Reginald Sexton, 18, is facing tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent as a passenger and resisting arrest.

Freeman, Horne and Sexton were taken to the Dane County Jail.

A 16-year-old is facing a tentative charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent as a passenger, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. Police said the teen also had seven active arrest warrants.

A 15-year-old is facing tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent as a passenger, resisting arrest and several active arrest warrants.

The 15- and 16-year-old were taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

Police said the vehicle was returned to its owner. During an inventory search of the vehicle, numerous stolen credit cards and other personal items were recovered.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact Monona police at 608-222-0463, Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. Tipsters can also text “MONONA” followed by the information to 847411.