U.S. Marshals arrest driver who dragged trooper down I-94

Driver reportedly flees traffic stop, engages deputy in high-speed chase an hour later
U.S. Marshals arrest driver who dragged trooper down I-94
John Dotson

The driver of a vehicle that dragged a state trooper while fleeing a traffic stop in Jefferson County Friday night has been arrested, according to a release.

John C. Dotson was arrested Monday night by the U.S. Marshals Special Fugitive Task Force and Wisconsin Probation and Parole, officials said. Dotson was arrested at his place of work after he attempted to flee on foot.

Wisconsin State Patrol said a trooper responded to a report of a vehicle traveling at high speeds, deviating onto the Interstate 94 shoulder and nearly missing a collision at 11:27 p.m. Friday night. The trooper located the 2000 Nissan Maxima on I-94 traveling 86 mph and deviating lanes, according to the report.

State Patrol said the driver, a 32-year-old from Milwaukee, had been drinking alcohol and was asked to perform field sobriety tests. The driver was allowed to return to his vehicle after performing the tests due to poor weather conditions. As the trooper returned to the driver, who was seated in the vehicle, the driver reportedly put the car into gear and fled. The trooper reached into the open driver’s side window and grabbed the driver to prevent him from leaving, the report said. The driver continued to accelerate, dragging the trooper about 100 feet on the roadway.

Officials said the trooper ran back to his car and attempted to pursue the vehicle, but he lost sight of the Maxima after it took the Lake Mills exit.

Additional units from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Lake Mills Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area to assist in locating the vehicle. At about 12:35 a.m. a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy located the vehicle near North Watertown Street in Johnson Creek, according to the report.

The driver refused to stop for the deputy and a high-speed pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled north on Highway 26 toward Watertown at speeds of up to 100 mph, State Patrol said. The vehicle eventually crashed in a roundabout on County Road Y at Highway 26. The driver fled on foot and his whereabouts were unknown Saturday afternoon.

Dotson was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail on Monday on a parole violation and will face felony charges in Jefferson County for the traffic stop incident.