12/19/17 – A Madison man was sentenced to 40 days behind bars with work release privileges for eluding a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy. Sean Johnson entered a guilty plea Monday during his sentencing hearing to one felony count of Fleeing or Eluding a Traffic Officer. A misdemeanor charge for Obstruction was dismissed but read into the record. The 27-year-old was pulled over for erratic driving near the town of Emmet last December. When the officer approached the vehicle he smelled marijuana and noticed Johnson’s eyes were bloodshot. The deputy handcuffed Johnson and placed him in the back of his squad car to further investigate. Once there, Johnson repeatedly asked to use the bathroom. Considering that back up was close and that Johnson had been cooperative thus far, the officer removed the constraints to let Johnson use the bathroom. That’s when Johnson took off towards his car. The deputy deployed his Taser but Johnson managed to get in his car and drive close to a mile before crashing into a ditch. When asked why he ran, Johnson stated that he thought he was going back to prison for violating his probation for a domestic abuse related incident with his child’s mother. In addition to jail, Johnson will be placed probation for 12 months.