Markesan Man Makes Initial Appearance On Felony Fleeing Charges

(Lomira) A Markesan man charged with running from police made his initial appearance in court. Rolandas Banys is facing a felony count of Fleeing and two misdemeanor charges of Resisting and Operating while Revoked.

A Lomira police officer was notified that a pursuit suspect from Washington County was heading northbound on I-41 last June. The officer spotted the vehicle near the Highway 67 overpass and activated their emergency lights.

According to the criminal complaint, police approached speeds near 115-miles-per-hour to keep up. The 10-mile chase was eventually terminated as the vehicle turned off their lights and accelerated away on Highway 28.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that Banys was allegedly driving two weeks later. An acquaintance of Banys later arrived on scene, reportedly driving the same vehicle that was involved in the pursuit with Lomira authorities.

The acquittance allegedly said they were at first driving as the chase began and that Banys shouted at them to drive faster. They then reportedly switched seats so Banys could drive.

If convicted, the 38-year-old faces over four years behind bars. Cash bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 17th.