Police say the 24-year-old Mount Pleasant man who led them on a high-speed chase Thursday night really didn’t have a reason for fleeing. Now he faces felony charges and up to 16 years in prison.
Alex Sugent was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of fleeing a police officer and first degree endangering safety. If he’s convicted, he faces up to 16 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers at 10:22 p.m. Thursday were monitoring traffic at Highway 31 and Biscayne Avenue when they observed a driver – later identified as Sugent – traveling south on Highway 31 at a high rate of speed. Police estimated Sugent was doing about 80 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone so they turned on their lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop.
Officers say Sugent did not stop and instead turned east on Braun Road, then on Taylor and south again on Wood Road. Police terminated the chase but observed Sugent continue south on Wood Road and swerve around another vehicle also traveling south.
When Sugent attempted to turn right on Highway KR, the complaint reads, he lost control of the car and spun around in a complete circle before coming to rest in a ditch facing northwest. Police caught up to Sugent, and he already had his hands up outside the driver’s window. Sugent was taken into custody without further incident.
Police say Sugent agreed to participate in questioning. When asked why he fled from police, Sugent said he didn’t really have a reason and appeared to be genuinely apologetic.
Sugent was released from jail Friday after he posted a $1,000 cash bond, and he will next be in court