Stolen Jeep stopped in Adams County
A DeSoto man was arrested in Adams County for stealing a Jeep and fleeing an officer. The deputy said last month a Juneau County deputy responded to the Necedah Kwik Trip for a report of an erratic driver on Highway 21 east bound. The deputy saw the vehicle, a 2002 Jeep Cherokee, at the gas pump. The deputy followed the vehicle across the Highway 21 Bridge over the Wisconsin River into Adams County. The deputy was going to turn around in the rest area near the river when he saw the driver cross the center line and go over the oncoming fog line. Dispatch told the Juneau County deputy that Adams County wanted the vehicle stopped. The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who gave a false name and told the deputy he was texting his girlfriend in Antigo. As the deputy returned to his squad, the driver took off heading east on Highway 21. The Juneau County deputy pursued the vehicle upon Adams County’s request. The Jeep was traveling over 100-miles per hour as it approached the Village of Arkdale. An Adams County deputy deployed road spikes at County Road ‘N’. After driving over the road spikes, the suspect vehicle continued and stopped just past the Highways 21 and 13 intersection. The driver fled the vehicle and entered the woods. The Juneau County deputy along with Adams County deputies set up a perimeter. The Wood County K-9 dog, Rex, assisted with tracking the suspect in the woods. He was seen walking in the parking lot of Friendship Corners located the intersection. The suspect was identified as 19-year old Steven Konitzer. The Jeep was reported stolen the night before from a residence in the Village of DeSoto. The owner had left the keys in the center console and there was approximately a quarter tank of gas. During a court hearing, Konitzer’s bail was set at a $2500 signature bond.
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