Wisconsin State Troopers say a 23-year-old man from Aurora, IL, had to be tased in order to safely book him into the Racine County Jail after a high-speed chase on I-94.
Antoinio Armstrong refused Tuesday to appear in Racine County Circuit Court to face one felony count each of fleeing a police officer and first degree recklessly endangering safety. Online court records confirm a formal criminal complaint was filed against Armstrong, but he refused to attend his initial appearance, and it was rescheduled for Wednesday.
The total penalties Armstrong faces if convicted come to 16 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, troopers attempted a traffic stop Sunday in the northbound lanes of I-94 near the Highway 20 exit. The driver – later identified as Armstrong – sped away from troopers after they activated their lights and siren.
Troopers say Armstrong eventually reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone, changed lanes multiple times without using a signal, appeared to exit at Highway K before veering back into traffic, and using the shoulder to pass slower vehicles.
The pursuit was terminated for safety concerns, but dispatch reported that Armstrong was apprehended in South Milwaukee and did not have valid driving privileges, the complaint reads. He was transported to the Racine County Jail where he had to be tased because he was combative with personnel.
Armstrong’s initial appearance is rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.