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A 56-year-old Milwaukee man now faces four criminal charges after he led police on a high-speed chase last month in the village of Mount Pleasant.

Keith J. Jones was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of attempting to flee or elude an officer and a felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. The charges carry a total fine of $35,000 and 16 years in prison.

Jones also was charged with two misdemeanor bail-jumping counts, which each carry a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint: A Racine County Sheriff’s Department deputy located the defendant, who was suspected in a theft from Kwik Trip, 943 SE Frontage Road, Mount Pleasant, on Sept. 17. Jones’ gray Dodge Durango passed the deputy northbound on I-94 and he attempted a traffic stop.

Jones fled, as speeds reached 90 mph, and continued to maneuver through heavy traffic and became more reckless according to the report, eventually passing into oncoming traffic. Police terminated the pursuit after nine minutes and nearly 10 miles.

An investigator with the sheriff’s department identified Jones as the suspect involved in the theft, and the officer involved in the pursuit also was able to positively identify him as the driver.

Court records indicate that Jones, who made his initial court appearance Thursday, is free on bond in a misdemeanor case in Waukesha County, which led to the bail-jumping charge.

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