BARRON COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced 18-year-old Dalton Johnson on his conviction stemming from a high-speed chase that began in Chippewa and ended with a crash in Barron County.
DrydenWire.com reported on March 2, 2020, that Dalton Johnson, 18, was arrested following a high-speed chase that began in Chippewa County, WI, and ended when his vehicle crashed in Barron County, WI.
Johnson fled from law enforcement on February 28, 2020, shortly before midnight in Chippewa County, through Bloomer, WI, and crossed the Barron County line. Barron County law enforcement took up the pursuit, recording Johnson’s vehicle traveling at speeds between 80-100mph for about 5 miles before Johnson’s went into a ditch just south of Dallas, WI on County Road A, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.
Online circuit court records show that Johnson was charged with Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer in both Barron County Circuit Court and Chippewa County Circuit Court. In addition, he received charges of Misdemeanor Possession of THC, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Barron County Circuit Court. Johnson’s criminal charge in Chippewa County was read-in to his Barron County criminal case for purposes of sentencing.
The Court accepted Johnson’s plea of guilty to one count of Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer at a recent hearing and ordered a withheld sentence for Johnson; 2 years of probation with 10 days of conditional jail time (which may be served through 80 hours of community service within the first year of probation). The remainder of his criminal charges were dismissed but read in.
Johnson was also found guilty of multiple non-criminal offenses stemming from the incident including Underage Tobacco - 1st Offense; Underage Drinking - 1st Offense; Operate While Suspended; Operate Left of Center; Fail to Stop at Stop Sign; Speeding on Freeway; and Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control.
Conditions of Johnson’s probation will require him to successfully complete any and all evaluations, counseling, treatment, and follow-up ordered by his probation officer. Johnson also is to pay nearly $2,000 in fines and costs, according to online circuit court records.