State Patrol: Man arrested near Lake Delton following multi-county chase wanted in multiple states

Three passengers, including child and infant, in vehicle at time of chase, officials say

LAKE DELTON, Wis. — A 35-year-old North Dakota man faces multiple felony charges stemming from a multi-county high-speed chase last week that ended near Lake Delton.

Dustin Hendricks, of Willison, North Dakota, made an initial appearance in court Monday following the chase last Thursday afternoon. He is charged with felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and eluding an officer, and a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer.

Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock set Hendricks’ cash bail at $100,000.

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According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, Hendricks had been involved in a chase with police officers in Williston on May 4. During that chase, Hendricks, who had an infant in the vehicle, allegedly pointed a gun at officers.

Dustin Hendricks

Foreground: Dustin Hendricks mugshot courtesy Sauk County Jail. Background: A Wisconsin Department of Transportation traffic camera shows Dustin Hendricks of North Dakota exiting Interstate 90/94 onto Wisconsin Dells Parkway after leading law enforcement on a multi-county chase on May 5, 2022. Courtesy: WisDOT.

The State Patrol says he was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Williston County, North Dakota, and for evading arrest with a vehicle in Harris County, Texas.

A day after the North Dakota chase, FBI resources tracked Hendricks as he drove south through Wisconsin on Interstate 94. Troopers tried to pull him over on Interstate 39/90/94 near DeForest, at which point he took off south on the interstate, according to the State Patrol.

Hendricks headed south past the Beltline and then back north into Madison before getting back on the interstate. After fleeing through Dane and Columbia counties, law enforcement officials were able to hit his vehicle with spikes just south of the Wisconsin Dells.

After his vehicle was hit, Hendricks exited the highway and ditched his vehicle in a parking lot for the Kalahari Resort in Lake Delton. The State Patrol said he ran into a wooded area, where officials found him hiding in a tree. He was arrested without incident.

Three other people — a woman, a child and an infant — were also inside the vehicle at the time of the chase. They were not hurt.

Online court records show a pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 3; a preliminary hearing is set for June 30.