Wisconsin man arrested after short chase in A.L.

Published 10:14 am Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Wisconsin man Tuesday night after a chase that started near the intersection of East Main Street and William Avenue.

Joshua Wade Shawley, 25, of Melrose, Wisconsin, is facing charges for fleeing in a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated, pending the results of a blood draw for controlled substances.

Shawley was arrested after deputies attempted to make a traffic stop for an equipment violation, according to a news release.

Joshua Shawley


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Shawley reportedly did not stop for the deputy, who had his emergency lights and siren activated.

He reportedly continued west on East Main Street before stopping at the traffic lights at the road’s intersection with Newton Avenue. After stopping for a moment, he reportedly continued on, heading west on Main Street at low speeds.

Another deputy set up stop sticks at the intersection of West Main Street and First Avenue. Shawley reportedly hit the stop sticks and flattened all four tires but continued on without stopping.

The vehicle came to a stop in the middle of West Main Street near U.S. Highway 69, but as officers and deputies gave commands to the driver, he again fled.

He came to a stop for the final time at the same intersection.

He was arrested and taken to the hospital for an evaluation before being transferred to the Freeborn County jail.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office stated the highest speed in the short pursuit was about 30 mph.

The Albert Lea Police Department assisted.