A Milwaukee man is being held on a $5,000 cash bond after police say he led the State Patrol and Poynette police on a high-speed chase through the city and then on foot, all with a small child.
Melvin Green Jr., 27, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Monday for a bond hearing after being arrested Saturday afternoon.
Assistant District Attorney Clifford Burdon requested the judge set a high cash bond, noting that, “He went to great lengths not to be caught.”
“These are only allegations right now,” said Judge W. Andrew Voigt, “but, frankly, if even half of what is in this criminal complaint is true, this is very serious.”
At about 3 p.m. on Saturday, according to court documents, a Poynette police officer was dispatched to look for a silver Hyunday spotted by the State Patrol. The vehicle was missing a front license plate, carrying an expired rear license plate, heading toward the interstate, and the State Patrol had been trying to get the man to pull over.
The Poynette police officer reported seeing the car from South Street and clocked him at 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer turned his lights and siren on and the Hyundai sped up, passing other cars at between 60 and 70 mph on North Main Street. The car wasn’t able to make the left at the T-intersection with North Street and went barreling into a cornfield.
The officer tried to block the car in, but it pulled out of the field, through someone’s yard and back onto Main Street, heading south. The officer reported that coming out of the field, the car was slow and uneven with both passenger side tires blown. The front tire soon came off.
The car went into the opposite lane, forcing oncoming vehicles to steer off the road and at around Kampen Road. The officer reported the rear tire then began to come off. The vehicle kept speeding on its rims, eventually hitting another T-intersection at County Highway DM, driving close to 200 feet into the field.
When the officer stopped and got out to the car in the field, there was no one inside. Meanwhile, there was honking coming from Interstate 39/94. Another officer reported a man and a juvenile dodging traffic, running across all six lanes and toward a house on the other side of the highway.
That officer saw a man fitting the description coming around the corner of the building and aimed his rifle at him, ordering him to the ground. A 5-year-old boy ran around the corner next, running to the man who wrapped his arms around him, kneeling behind him.
Poynette police identified the man as Green, who had a warrant out for his arrest. He had been arrested in May 2014 for burglary and in December posted $750 cash for his bond. He failed to appear for his trial date on Jan. 7 and a warrant was issued.
The defense requested that Green be given a signature bond, noting that he had been working full time as the sole caretaker of his son.
Voigt noted some of the details of complaint and that the officer’s report accused Green of possibly using his son as a human shield. “That’s not indicative of someone looking out for the well-being of a child,” Voigt said.
In total Green was charged with felony attempting to elude an officer, two counts of felony bail jumping, and first-degree reckless endangerment. Bond was set at $5,000 cash. If convicted, he faces the possibility of over 10 years in prison in addition to the still-unresolved charges in Milwaukee County.
Green is scheduled to next appear in court for a return hearing on Dec. 14.