An Illinois man is behind bars after he beat a man with a ladder and stole his pit bull for not buying drugs for him, said Lt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department.

Numerous police officers pursued the man in his car, which ended in him being involved in a car crash and the dog getting killed after it was struck by a car.

The 35-year-old man was arrested for fleeing and eluding police officer, theft, battery, disorderly conduct, strangulation, animal cruelty, dognapping, possession of THC, drunk driving (5th offense) and a number of other moving violations, Larsen said.

The Racine County District Attorney’s Office is expected to file charges against the man Wednesday, June 17.

The man, who used to live in Caledonia, went to a residence in the 1600 block of Wind Dale Drive in Caledonia at 10:24 p.m. Monday, June 15 to confront a man that he had asked to buy him drugs, Larsen said.

“He had given some money to the victim to purchase drugs for him, but there were no drugs and no money,” Larsen said.

When the victim told the man he didn’t have the money or the drugs, the man struck the victim with a ladder and strangled him. The man took the victim’s pitbull and drove off in his car. He called 911. Caledonia Police spotted the man driving near Highway 38 and Highway K.

Twice the man acted like he was going to pull over, but he sped away and drove on to Interstate 94.

Officers from several jurisdictions joined in the pursuit, which resulted in the man crashing his car at Highway 20 and Interstate 94.

“The officer was giving commands to Holeton and when the passenger door opened, he let the dog out of the car,” Larsen said. “The dog ran towards the officer, but a car ran over the dog.”

A Wisconsin State Trooper continued to give commands to the man, but he refused to comply and he was tazed. He then took the man into custody where he remains and is being held on bail, which has been set for $133,270.

We’re still trying to get more details on the crash. We’ll update the story after we get more details.

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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.