Koch Charged with Fleeing an Officer

A Dodge County judge will decide later this month if there is enough evidence for a Manitowoc to proceed to trial on charges that he ran from police. Travis Koch is charged with Attempting To Flee An Officer, a charge that carries a maximum three-and-a-half year prison sentence, if he is convicted. According to the criminal complaint, the 25-year-old was swerving from shoulder-to-shoulder on Highway 151 last Saturday when deputies attempted a traffic stop. Koch allegedly flipped a u-turn into the median and led authorities down Forest Road before finally crashing his car on Wren Road. He was arrested at gunpoint; a knife and empty beer cans were reportedly found inside the vehicle. His blood-alcohol level was said to be over twice the legal limit for driving at point-one-six-three (.163). Koch told authorities he was having problems with his girlfriend and “should have drove his car into a pole.” He was put on suicide watch that night at the Dodge County Jail but later told deputies it was just the alcohol talking. Koch is being held on a $5000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled November 29.