Taylor Forsyth, 23, of Mount Pleasant, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday with a felony count of fleeing or eluding police. If convicted, he faces up to three years, six months in prison and/or fined up to $10,000. Forsyth also received 11 citations from the Caledonia Police Department, including: fleeing/eluding, speeding, reckless driving, two counts of failing to signal for a turn, and operating without headlights.
According to the criminal complaint, Forsyth was traveling northbound on Highway 38 near Brook Road. Officers with the Caledonia Police Department said he was driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone at 8:33 p.m. Tuesday. The officer caught up with Forsyth near the roundabout at Highway 38 and Northwestern Avenue. Turning south on Airline Road, the officer told dispatch that Forsyth passed another car in a no passing zone and he continued driving about 90 mph.
Forsyth traveled through an intersection where the light signal was red at Spring St. He turned left on Old Spring St. without a turn signal and turned south on Timmer Lane without a turn signal. With guns drawn, officers from Caledonia and Mount Pleasant ordered Forsyth to the ground and took him into custody.
When officers questioned him, Forsyth said he had just bought the car within the last week and he was out test driving his stepbrother’s car, who was with him at the time. Forsyth also told police he “didn’t stop because he didn’t want the tickets.”
A $4,000 signature bond was set on Wednesday along with a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. March 9 in front of Alice Rudebusch.