Madison Teen Pleads No Contest For High Speed Chase With Dodge County Deputies

(Calamus) A Madison teen who ran from Dodge County deputies has entered into plea agreement with prosecutors. Denaje Atkins entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and had two felony counts of Fleeing and Bail Jumping dismissed but read into the record. A sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding last October on Highway 151 near Gunn Road in the Town of Calamus. The car accelerated away and was clocked going 120-miles-per-hour during the pursuit that lasted just over 30 miles. The chase entered into Columbia County, where law enforcement laid down spike strips, but the vehicle was able to avoid them. The car was eventually disabled in Dane County near exit 101. Three people were taken into custody at gun point. When questioned, Atkins admitted to being the driver. A presentencing investigation was ordered, and a hearing is on the calendar in August.