Three stolen vehicles chased by police, one driver arrested in Fitchburg
Fitchburg police and other law enforcement agencies had a busy time chasing after three stolen vehicles Sunday night, with the driver of one of the vehicles found and arrested.
Jermaine Coleman, 17, Madison, was taken into custody and tentatively charged with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, hit and run and felony bail jumping, Fitchburg police said.
The whole episode started in Belleville at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when a caller to 911 said their vehicle had been stolen.
“A Belleville police sergeant had observed a suspicious truck, later determined to be the recovered stolen truck, in the area where the vehicle was stolen,” said Fitchburg Sgt. Edward Hartwick. “A short time later, the sergeant saw the truck again, and began following it, along with another vehicle that was possibly involved.”
The other vehicle was discovered to have been stolen in another community and was not the vehicle stolen in Belleville.
At about 7 p.m., Fitchburg police were alerted by a Dane County deputy and the Belleville sergeant who were following two stolen vehicles heading into Fitchburg.
“The deputy following the vehicles had yet to activate emergency lights when the two vehicles began rapidly accelerating, running red lights,” Hartwick said.
A short time later, the stolen truck hit another vehicle on McKee Road near Seminole Highway, with the hit vehicle joining in the chase.
“With the assistance of the driver who had been struck, officers located the stolen truck abandoned near the intersection of Stamford Place and Kinsale Drive,” Hartwick said.
Police dog Drago was taken to the scene to track the suspect, while a different Fitchburg officer stopped a man walking on Richardson Street near McKee Road.
“Drago eventually tracked to the exact location where the male was stopped,” Hartwick said.
Nobody was hurt in the collision, and the other two stolen vehicles were not located.
Police from Middleton and Verona helped in the investigation.