BARRON COUNTY -- A woman has been sentenced on charges filed against her in Barron County Circuit Court stemming from a multi-county law enforcement pursuit that occurred in May 2020.
On May 15, 2020, Danielle Ford, then of Chippewa Falls, WI, was arrested following a multi-county pursuit by law enforcement, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
The pursuit ended near County Highway B in Washburn County and was approximately 40 miles in length all on Hwy 53, according to the press release. Ford was driving a vehicle stolen out of the West Allis area. Ford allegedly had stolen another car in Illinois before stealing this vehicle. Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, Barron County Sheriff's Department, Barron Police Department, Rice Lake Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Spooner Police Department, Shell Lake Police Department, and the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office all provided assistance on this matter.
A charge of Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer was filed against Ford in Barron County Circuit Court and the case was scheduled for a jury trial in October 2020.
Online circuit court records show that at a recent hearing Ford entered a plea of guilty to a reduced charge of Misdemeanor Resisting/Failing to Stop. Ford was sentenced to pay court costs including a DNA surcharge totaling $443.
An additional case was filed against Ford in Chippewa County Circuit Court following the multi-county pursuit and charging her with Felony 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer. Ford is scheduled to appear again in November 2020 regarding that case.
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