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JUNEAU — A 20-year-old Reeseville man made his initial appearance on Monday after leading law enforcement on a chase through Beaver Dam during the early hours of New Year’s Day.

William J. Pace is charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. He could face up to 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the charge.

Pace appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer and was released on a $1,000 signature bond. He was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety and to not drive a motor vehicle without court permission.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy observed the car Pace was driving going 73 mph in a 25 mph zone on North Spring Street at Dodge Drive. The deputy followed the vehicle as it drove onto Highway 151 and eventually increased the car’s speed to 92 mph.

Pace entered Beaver Dam again at Park Avenue and struck a sign post when coming into town, according to the criminal complaint. The vehicle drove down Park Avenue to South Spring Street going between 20 and 40 miles over the speed limit. It turned on Cooper Street and pulled over. The pursuit lasted for about 4 minutes and covered about four miles.

Pace allegedly told officers that the passenger put his foot on top of his and held it down so he was unable to stop. However, the officer noted that a central console in the car would have made it impossible for the passenger to reach the gas pedal. He also said he had drank a bit and that he didn’t have a license. He passed a field sobriety test and had a .04 blood-alcohol level breathalyzer reading.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Reporter at The Daily Citizen