Two arrested after chase at high speeds
JANESVILLE An Illinois man and woman are in custody at the Rock County Jail after police chased them on Interstate 90/39 at speeds up to 113 mph early Sunday.
Nicholas C. Svoboda, 19, of Cary, Ill., was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner consent, resisting, fleeing and a fugitive complaint, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Brittany T. Featherling, 20, of Chicago, was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner consent, resisting and a fugitive complaint. Police think Featherling was the passenger in the SUV, according to the news release.
A Rock County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted the SUV at the Racine Street entrance to I/90-39 in Janesville shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
A Rock County Communications Center dispatcher confirmed the SUV was stolen. When the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle sped off.
Deputies pursued the SUV west on the Interstate at speeds up to 113 mph, according to the news release.
Edgerton Police Department officers were dispatched to deploy stop sticks on the interstate near Highway 59. The sticks deflated three tires, but the SUV continued west into Dane County.
The driver exited I-90 onto Highway 51 and slowed to 60 mph as the SUV entered Stoughton, according to a news release.
The vehicle struck a curb and came to a stop. The occupants ran but were apprehended minutes later.
Dane County Sheriff's Office deputies and the city of Stoughton assisted in capturing Svoboda and Featherling, according to the news release.
Svoboda and Featherling are scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. today via video from the Rock County Jail.
Svoboda in April was arrested in Lake of the Hills, Ill., after being accused of stealing a car. Police accused him and a friend of driving a stolen Chevrolet Impala. Over a period of several days and two police chases, Svoboda and a friend drove to Chicago, Wisconsin Dells and St. Louis, according to a report from the Cary, Ill. area by Patch, an online news outlet.
In that incident Svoboda faced charges for misuse of a credit card, nine counts of theft, burglary and resisting arrest, according to the Patch report.