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A man led police on a high speed chase, rolled the car he was driving, and fled from the police on foot Saturday night in Caledonia. Herbert Stegall, 42, of Milwaukee, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with obstructing an officer, operating a car while revoked, attempting to flee the police, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, resisting a police officer, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 18 years seven months in prison, and/or fined up to $68,000. Stegall, who has been in and out of prison since 1992, was out on parole for first-degree reckless homicide and robbery convictions that happened in Milwaukee County in 1992. According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Caledonia Police Department stopped Stegall at 11:35 p.m. Saturday for driving a car that had suspended license plates on Highway K at Morris St. The officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car and as the officer spoke with Stegall, he noticed that Stegall had pieces of marijuana stuck to his lip and that he was chewing something. Ordering Stegall to open his mouth, the officer noticed that he was chewing small bags that had “a large amount of green leafy substance.” The officer told Stegall to take the marijuana out of his mouth and put it on the center console. But as he was doing this, he fled in the SUV and the officer started to chase him in his squad car. Traveling at rates over 100 mph, Stegall continued to flee and the officer called for backup. During the chase, Stegall passed four cars and came up on the roundabout at Highway K and Highway 38. In the left lane. As Stegall tried to navigate the roundabout, he skidded, rolled over several times into oncoming traffic and came within about 25 feet of striking several cars. Taking out a street light and sign, the SUV landed on its roof on the southeast side of the roundabout in the median. “The vehicles had to stop and pull over to avoid debris and a street light that was knocked over,” according to the criminal complaint. When the officer came up on the SUV, he saw Stegall crawl out of the vehicle and run from him. Calling for a K-9 unit, the officer started to chase Stegall as he neared the side of a residence and toward a nearby creek. The officer yelled at Stegall to get on the ground, but he continued running. Tripping over an embankment, the officer drew an electronic control weapon and tried to make his way towards the creek. The officer caught up with Stegall, who was hiding behind a bush. The officer ordered Stegall to lay down and put his hands behind his back. A Mount Pleasant Police officer arrived, the two men then took Stegall into custody and had to Taser him because he wouldn’t comply with their orders. When police searched Stegall’s car they found 180 grams of marijuana in his car. Stegall is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. June 29  

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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.