Man arrested after police chase near Baraboo

September 25, 2018

Authorities say an intoxicated driver fled from deputies three times Sunday before he finally was captured in the city of Baraboo.

Prosecutors on Monday charged 20-year-old Quentin D. Labansky of Reedsburg with felony counts of attempting to flee an officer and second-degree reckless endangerment, as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and obstructing an officer.

According to a news release from Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister, deputies responded to a property along Terrytown Road around 11 a.m. for a report of a truck doing donuts in a field.

Deputies found the suspected driver passed out in his vehicle, which was parked in someone’s yard. After they made contact with him, the release said, the driver backed up, hit a patrol vehicle, and drove off.

After a short pursuit, the driver stopped and seemed to be cooperating with deputies. However, the release said, he again fled and deputies terminated the pursuit out of concern for other traffic.

The truck was later spotted in the city of Baraboo, the release said. As officers and deputies attempted to stop the truck, Labansky allegedly drove into a Ridge Street yard and got hung up on a retaining wall.

“(Labansky) continued to rock the truck attempting to free it from the retaining wall,” Meister said in the release. “Officers had to break out both windows and tased the driver to gain compliance.”

Labansky has been jailed on a $5,000 cash bond. And there may be additional charges to come.

The release said Labansky was charged with operating while intoxicated with a controlled substance, hit and run causing property damage, operating after suspension and operating without insurance. It also said Labansky was charged with burglary and theft related to a separate incident.

Those charges were not among the ones filed by prosecutors Monday.

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