WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has ordered a competency evaluation for Jason Arnold, the man arrested and charged criminally following a recent high-speed pursuit that ended when Arnold allegedly crashed his vehicle into the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office squad vehicle.

Jason Paul Arnold

One July 24, 2020, the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating that Arnold had been arrested after a high speed pursuit on July 22, 2020 that began in Sawyer County and ended in Washburn County. Arnold also had active warrants for his arrest from the US Marshalls.

Arnold was ultimately taken into custody after he drove over stop strips and then shortly after crashed into a squad car, according to a criminal complaint filed against him in Washburn County Circuit Court.

Approximate location of the arrest

The Court placed Arnold on a $50,000 cash bond according to the press release from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office. Arnold made an initial appearance on July 27, 2020 regarding his criminal charges for Class F Felony First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Class H Felony Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer, Class I Felony Reckless Driving Causing Great Bodily Harm, and Class I Felony Attempting to Flee or Elude and Officer.

Online circuit court records indicate that the Court has ordered a competency evaluation for Arnold. He is scheduled to appear again in August 2020.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Last Update: Jul 29, 2020 11:07 am CDT

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