Plea Hearing Set For Fleeing Suspect

11/20/17 – A plea and sentencing hearing was scheduled Monday for a Madison man accused of eluding a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy. Sean Johnson is facing one felony count of Attempted Fleeing or Eluding a Traffic Officer and a misdemeanor for Obstruction. The 27-year-old was pulled over for erratic driving near the town of Emmet last December. According to the criminal complaint, 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 reportedly 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 allegedly 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. If convicted on both counts, Johnson faces over four years in prison. The hearing is set for December 18.