Sheriff: Man fleeing officers causes head-on crash

Driver transported to hospital
Sheriff: Man fleeing officers causes head-on crash

A man who was being chased by authorities traveled across a highway median and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on Sunday, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

At about 11:22 a.m. Sunday, Rock County Sheriff’s Office was advised by Waukesha County authorities that they were trying to check the welfare of a man who was driving a silver Chevrolet Malibu, who was located near the Highway 11/14 Rock and Walworth County line.

Walworth County authorities also reported numerous citizen complaints of this vehicle driving recklessly and dangerously as it traveled through Walworth County.

Rock County deputies saw the vehicle all over the road westbound on Highway 11/14 just west of Emerald Grove. Two Rock County deputy units turned and attempted to stop the Malibu, but the driver of the Malibu increased his speed to around 90 mph and was swerving and traveling in the eastbound opposite lane of traffic, Rock County sheriff’s officials said.

Before deputies could make attempts to remove the vehicle from the roadway, the vehicle lost control on a curve at Highway 11 and County Highway O, traveled across the grass median and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The Malibu came to rest upright in the eastbound lanes of traffic while the struck vehicle came to rest on its roof in the nearby gravel shoulder.

The driver and only occupant of the Malibu, David Hendrickson, 51, of Waukesha, was extricated from his vehicle and transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville with non-life-threatening injuries, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s officials said the vehicle that Hendrickson struck, a Jeep Compass, was driven by Brandon James, 28, of Clinton. James was assisted out of his vehicle and checked on by Janesville Fire Department personnel. James suffered a shoulder injury but was not transported by paramedics.

Hendrickson was met at the hospital and arrested on charges of first-offense operating while intoxicated and fleeing police officers, according to the news release.