Watertown Man Makes Initial Appearance On Felony Fleeing Charges

(Horicon) A Watertown man accused of running from police made his initial appearance in court Monday. Lonnie Ramsey is facing a felony count of Fleeing stemming from a December incident.

According to the complaint, Ramsey had an active arrest warrant out of Jefferson County. Watertown police spotted his vehicle and it stopped without law enforcement needing to activate their emergency lights. As officers approached, the vehicle accelerated away.

During the chase, authorities reported seeing the vehicle blow through several stop signs and travel 38-miles-per-hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone. The suspect vehicle went off the road and disappeared into a residential yard, ending the pursuit. Authorities took Ramsey into custody at his place of employment the following day.

When questioned, Ramsey allegedly admitted to being behind the wheel. He reportedly said he was intoxicated and did not want to get in more trouble so he ran.

If convicted, the 28-year-old faces three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 18th.