Slow speed police pursuit through three communities

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A driver who crashed into a Green Bay city bus on Tuesday evening was suffering from a medical condition, according to a lieutenant with the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, who officials said was a man who appeared to be in his 60s, crashed into a roundabout at Heritage Road and Greenleaf Road in De Pere, but continued driving for seven miles, through Allouez and Green Bay.

A witness called 9-1-1 after seeing a vehicle crash into the roundabout and take out a light pole, although police have not yet confirmed if it was the same pickup truck.  

Police followed the driver for the last three miles as he drove onto sidewalks and blew through intersections and stoplights.

"Our officer spotted the vehicle, got behind it, and noticed some erratic driving," Lt. Christopher Knurr with the Brown County Sheriff's Office said. "He was driving up on the sidewalk, back down on the road, back up onto the sidewalk, on the road swerving, ran a few traffic signals."

The pursuit ended when the driver crashed into the back of a transit bus on Monroe Avenue in Green Bay. 
 
Officers initially did not know the man was suffering from a medical condition, so they approached his pickup truck with weapons out as a precaution.
 
"A vehicle that's refusing to stop for us, and we have no idea whether it's medical, criminal, alcohol or drugs involved, we always treat it as a high-risk stop until we can prove otherwise, so we're protecting the public protecting ourselves, and protecting him, so that's why our guns were drawn, we had no idea what was going on in the vehicle at that time," Lt. Knurr said. 

Lt. Knurr said the five passengers who were on the bus did not suffer from any injuries, and there were no reports of injuries while the man was driving through intersections and swerving onto sidewalks. 

The driver was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown. 


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