A Racine man was charged with hit and run for an April 2016 high-speed chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.

Kevin R. Suominen, 30, denies driving the vehicle that slammed into another near the intersection of Spring Street and Highway 31, but is still charged with the crime, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

The chase began last April when a Mount Pleasant police officer attempted to pull over Suominen, who tried to run. As the chase reached speeds in the triple digits, the ended his pursuit, but Suominen lost control of his vehicle and crashed shortly after. A white male in a black hoodie was seen fleeing the scene of the crime. Officers found a beer bottle, a glass marijuana pipe and 4.8 grams of marijuana in the crashed vehicle.

The crashed vehicle was registered to Suominen’s wife, and she told investigators to report the vehicle stolen after the accident. He told investigators he was drinking and smoking marijuana with others in the car, but maintains he wasn’t driving the vehicle. Adding, “That he had consumed too much alcohol and wouldn’t even know if he had run from the cops.”

Suominen is charged with fleeing an officer, hit and run, obstructing an officer, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.