A deputy with the Racine County Sherrif’s Department responded to a report of theft at a scrapyard, but soon found himself in a high-speed chase along with several other squads.

Jennifer L. Bixby, 41, and her husband David Stitch, 36, were stealing scrap metal from Racine Metal Fab in Grandview Industrial Park, allegedly to buy presents for their son’s seventh birthday, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

The responding deputy saw the suspect vehicle, a red pick-up truck, and followed. The truck sped up before the deputy activated his lights and the chase soon reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The deputy noted that the truck did not have a license plate and he “could see the stolen scrap metal in the bed of the truck.”

With Wisconsin State troopers on the shoulder tending to a traffic stop, the deputy continued to follow the truck on I-94 just over Highway 11. 

“It appeared that the driver of the suspect vehicle was trying to figure out if the state trooper squads that had their emergency lights activated were there to try to tire spike the vehicle or not, and the suspect vehicle was moving further over to the right shoulder like they were going to go around the trooper squads on the right,” the complaint reads.

Another RCSD squad joined the pursuit and the pair were able to put spot lights on the truck. When they did, the drive pulled over.

Bixby was driving the truck, her husband Stich was in the passenger seat. As they slowed down, Stich lit a cigarette. Police reported that Bixby told them she was scared and that’s why she tried to flee. She bought the truck that day using a credit card.

Bixby is charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety and theft. Stich is also charged with theft and misdemeanor bail jumping for a $7,500 bond out of Kenosha for a battery and disorderly conduct case.

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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.