(Watertown) A Johnson Creek man who ran from Watertown police was placed on probation for 18 months. Thomas Daane entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Fleeing. The 29-year-old also had a one-year jail sentence imposed and stayed.
An officer spotted a vehicle last June that was tied to Daane and was known by police through recent arrests for drug and other fleeing charges. The officer followed the car and noticed that its exhaust system was defective and attempted a traffic stop.
The vehicle began accelerating along Highway 16, going 70-miles-per-hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone. The officer at one time reported that his speed approached 90-miles-per-hour. The chase ended when the vehicle stopped near the Highway 26 underpass and Daane was identified as the driver. He was arrested at gunpoint.