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Beaver Dam man engages officers on low speed chase after ripping down cappuccino machine
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Beaver Dam man engages officers on low speed chase after ripping down cappuccino machine

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JUNEAU — A 31-year-old Beaver Dam man made his initial appearance in court on Friday after police say he vandalized a cappuccino machine at a Beaver Dam Kwik Trip, then led authorities on a low-speed chase.

Joseph Cabreda is charged with a felony count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. If found guilty, he could face up to four years and four months in prison and a $20,500 fine.

Cabreda appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim and was placed on a $500 cash bond. He may not use, possess or control any controlled substances (without a valid prescription) or drug paraphernalia, nor be in the presence of anyone who does. He shall not operate a motor vehicle unless he has a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.

According to the criminal complaint, Cabreda engaged in a short low-speed pursuit, which lasted about 150 yards, on Thursday at 11:35 p.m. after police noticed his vehicle was the same one wanted from a few incidents at gas stations on Madison Street in Beaver Dam.

At 11 p.m., a man fitting Cabreda’s description was seen at BP Gas Station, 1112 Madison St., on security footage after a burglar alarm went off there. He was driving black four-door car, which had caused damage to the property and then left the scene. At 11:25 p.m. at Kwik Trip, 2006 N. Spring St., employees reported that a suspect matching Cabreda’s description had damaged a cappuccino machine in the store before leaving in a black four-door car.

Beaver Dam police found Cabreda’s vehicle, a 2008 Subaru Legacy, near the intersection of Front and Spring Streets. Cabreda fled the officers on a pursuit that went about 15 miles per hour. During the pursuit, Cabreda allegedly tossed a plastic cup and metal machete out of his window.

Cabreda drove around the downtown Beaver Dam area before pulling into the parking lot of Beaver Dam Police Station, 123 Park Ave., and exited his car while walking toward police and saying, “You’re going to have to shoot me.” He was tased after not responding to the officers’ requests to get on the ground.

A pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine was found in the car he had been driving.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 9.

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