(Fall River) A multi-county police chase that started in Fall River ended with the suspect in jail. The incident started Friday night around 8:30pm when a Fall River Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on the 600 block of South Main Street for a speed violation.
The officer made contact with the driver who initially provided false identification but was later identified to be Roberto M. Rodriguez-Sostre. The 24-year-old Madison man had a felony warrant through Department of Corrections for Armed Robbery. Authorities say that Rodriguez refused to comply and began reaching downward to the floor area of the vehicle. A loaded handgun was allegedly recovered later on the driver-side floor. Officers advised the suspect to stop but he reportedly refused to comply, so the officer deployed his taser gun. That is when the suspect is said to had fled at a high rate of speed.
Officers began to pursue the vehicle northbound on South Main Street, but the driver refused to stop, reportedly exceeding the posted speed limit before turning onto South Street. During the pursuit, the suspect pulled over and let two juveniles out of the vehicle on the side of the road. Both juveniles were checked out by EMS and are safe. The suspect continued to flee at a high rate of speed to Highway 16 before getting onto Highway 151 southbound at a high rate of speed. Tire deflation devices were used several times while traveling southbound on Highway 151 in Dane County and ultimately were successful in deflating two of the suspect’s tires, reducing Rodriguez’ speed to 50 mph.
Rodriguez lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree and street sign in the median on East Washington Avenue near Lien Road in the city of Madison. Rodriguez allegedly fled on foot but was taken into custody a short while later near the intersection of Parkside Road and Lien Road after being tased by a Dane County Deputy. He was in the custody of a Fall River Police Department Officer at 8:55pm. Rodriguez was transported by EMS to St. Mary’s Hospital in Sun Prairie for a medical evaluation prior to being transported to the Columbia County Jail.
He was booked into the Columbia County Jail for felony Eluding, Resisting/Obstructing An Officer, Felon In Possession Of A Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering Safety along with multiple traffic citations.
The Fall River Police Department was assisted by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Sun Prairie Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Columbus Police Department, and Madison Police Department.