WAUPUN, Wis. (WEAU) - A deputy chief with the Waupun Police Department says he and the rest of his department are shocked that one of their lieutenants is now the subject of a massive manhunt in Barron County.
Deputy Chief Scott Louden told WEAU 13 News Lt. Brad Young is on administrative leave until he turns himself in, and then the department will work with the state's Division of Criminal Investigation and conduct an internal investigation. Young is accused of breaking into a restaurant in Green Lake, stealing two vehicles, leading officers on a car chase, and then running off into the woods near Rice Lake. Right now, Louden says Young no longer has access to the department's server. He says that means Young can no longer access his department email, although his phone still works.
Louden says he's known Young for more than 13 years. He says there was no indication to any officers or administrative staff that "this was going on." Louden says he was not aware of anything concerning or troubling Young recently.
Louden says he emailed back and forth with Young during the weekend. He calls Young a hard worker who is very professional, and does a great job as one of the department's supervisors. He says other officers look up to him as a worker. Louden says he's been in contact with Young's family, and says that they are as surprised as anybody else.
Waupun's Chief of Police is currently on medical leave, and was not available for comment.