BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) - The police lieutenant who led investigators on a manhunt in several parts of Wisconsin now faces criminal charges.
On Friday, prosecutors filed felony charges of Attempting to Flee or Elude a Traffic Officer, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without the Owner's Consent against Brad Young, 43, of Brandon. On Friday, a Barron County judge set bond at $10,000 cash. The judge also found probable cause that a crime had been committed and bound Young over for trial.
A criminal complaint says that, on August 5, the Barron County Sheriff's Department got word from Green Lake County that a stolen red truck was heading toward Barron County. A deputy found the truck and followed it toward Rice Lake. When he tried to pull the driver over, the driver sped off. The deputy chased the driver for more than 11 miles, until the truck turned onto a dead-end road. A pilot helping in the chase from above reported seeing the truck go into a ditch. The deputy went up to the truck, but didn't see anyone around.
The next morning, someone reported a stolen car west of Rice Lake. Investigators say it was later found near a home in Burnett County where Young was arrested. They suspect that Young was the subject of the chase, and that he's the same person who stole the car the next day.
Court records show that Young appeared by video conference in Barron County Friday from the Burnett County Jail. He appeared in Burnett County Court Thursday, but hasn't been charged with a crime there as of Friday afternoon.