Instead of stopping for a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper, a man chose to flee and is now facing felony charges.

Zachary Dzimiela, of Rice Lake, WI, is charged with Class I Felony Attempt to Flee a Traffic Officer, and Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer in Washburn County Circuit Court. 


These charges stem from an incident on January 2, 2018, at around 8:30 PM, when a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper noted expired registration on a vehicle traveling on County Highway A. The Trooper ran a records check, and also confirmed that the registered owner of the vehicle had a revoked driver’s license. 

When the Trooper activated the squad car lights, instead of pulling over, the vehicle accelerated and pulled into a driveway, at which time the Trooper saw the driver’s door of the vehicle open, and the van continued traveling down the driveway until it struck a tree.

A Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Spooner Police Officer arrived on scene to assist. According to the criminal complaint filed against Dzimiela, the officers tracked Dzimiela in the snow for approximately 1 mile, at which time they located him lying down in the snow behind an electrical box on the edge of a cornfield.

Dzimiela was placed under arrest without any further incident and transported to the Washburn County Jail. Non-criminal charges of Reckless Driving-Endanger Safety; Alighting from Moving Vehicle were also filed against Dzimiela.

At a recent preliminary examination hearing, the Court found probable cause to bind Dzimiela’s charges over for trial. He is scheduled to appear next in April 2018.

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.

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