The man who led Racine County Sheriff’s deputies, Sturtevant and Mount Pleasant police officers on a high speed chase south on I-94 and through Sturtevant was assigned a $2,500 cash bond Monday during his first court appearance.

Miguel Navarrete, 22, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of attempting to flee law enforcement and second degree recklessly endangering safety; two felony counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety; and one misdemeanor count each of criminal damage to property and obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to 27-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $80,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Navarrete was driving a dark colored sedan early Sunday morning southbound on I-94 when he was observed driving faster than the posted speed limit. Deputies started to follow, and Navarrete sped up, accelerating up to around 100 miles per hour.

Officers say the defendant exited at Highway KR and led law enforcement on a chase eastbound to Highway H where spike strips were put down to slow Navarrete, but he didn’t stop. Instead, he went east on Highway 11 and into a Sturtevant neighborhood where he was finally apprehended. Two passengers in Navarrete’s car fled the vehicle.

Navarrete was drunk, the complaint reads, and he admitted to fleeing police but said his passengers had nothing to do with it. He remains in the Racine County Jail on $2,500 cash bond and will next be in court April 7 for his preliminary hearing.

 

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