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Reedsburg man accused of fleeing police while drunk, injuring elderly mother in crash

May 3, 2019

REEDSBURG — Authorities arrested a Reedsburg man Wednesday after they say he fled a traffic stop while driving drunk and injured his elderly mother in a car crash after a high-speed police chase.

Jason M. Gerike, 46, Reedsburg faces charges of a sixth offense of operating while intoxicated, eluding an officer and deviating from lane of traffic, according to a press release from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office.

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sauk County dispatchers received a complaint of a vehicle crossing the center line on Highway 33 near Coonbluff Road in the town of Excelsior.

The caller provided a plate number for a 1996 Silver Isuzu Trooper.

Deputies responded and observed the vehicle traveling northbound on Highway BD near Highway 33 and stopped the SUV at a gas station.

Meister said a deputy approached the vehicle and suspected Gerike was under the influence of alcohol. As the deputy returned to his squad car, Gerike drove away and continued north on Highway BD with the deputy in a high-speed pursuit.

As the vehicle headed west on Fern Dell Road, it crashed into a ditch at the intersection with South Avenue in the town of Delton, Meister said.

A deputy arrested Gerike, who refused medical attention at the scene.

Gerike’s mother and passenger, Nancy Gerike, 70, of Reedsburg was hospitalized and treated for injuries.

Various field sobriety tests showed signs of impairment, Meister said.

The Wisconsin State Patrol, Dells-Delton EMS, Lake Delton Police Department and Platt’s Towing assisted the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.