A teenaged driver suspected of stealing a car led police on a chase around Outagamie County.
It started in Little Chute and ended at a campsite with the help of security service On-Star.
“There’s a young kid in this car driving down here and I said, ‘What’s he lost or something?'” said Kim Brawner, a witness camping at Apple Creek.
“Just creeping, like you know, I’m talking like 5-10 miles per hour at the most,” said Butch LaJoie, another witness. “It was weird.”
“Next thing we knew, we saw all these police around with guns everywhere,” said Brawner.
A stolen Buick–with a 17-year-old suspect behind the wheel–made for one wacky wake-up call.
“I just stepped out of my RV here and I looked up and there’s police cars everywhere,” he said. “And this guy comes off the hill, comes driving down through, and drives about eight feet from me. And drives through here and pulls over into here and all of a sudden, his car stops. The police told me the On-Star turned it off.”
Technology came to the rescue with the car’s built-in On-Star security disabling the vehicle.
And seeing it all unfold around 9am took some campers on a ride through memory lane.
“His car was going reallys slow,” said LaJoie. “He had about four police cars behind him. Kind of thought it was OJ–looked like OJ again. It’s like, ‘What the heck’s going on?'”
The car came to a stop in the playground area, where luckily no one was hurt.
“It was kind of comical,” he said. “We’re actually pretty lucky because he drove through the campground, right through the playground area. And the playground area another half hour later would have been filled with kids.”
“Fortunately, there wasn’t anybody out,” said Brawner. “There was no kids out playing or anything. He came in and I’m glad the On-Star shut the car off.”
No identities have been released as the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation.
Teenager in custody after leading officials on vehicle chase ending in campground
WRIGHTSTOWN, Wis. (WFRV) — The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office says a teenager is in custody after stealing a vehicle and evading almost 10 law enforcement agencies Wednesday morning.
Officials say a Buick Verano was reported stolen from Little Chute around 7 a.m.
With the assistance of On-Star, law enforcement was able to locate the vehicle in the area of Interstate 41 and County Road U in Kaukauna.
Deputies say they attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped off. On-Star was then able to disable the vehicle which turned off of County Road U into the Apple Creek Campground in Wrightstown.
The vehicle was then stopped in the playground area at the campground.
Officials say the 17-year-old driver was taken into custody.
No one was injured during this incident.
The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, Grand Chute Police Department, Kaukauna Police Department, Village of Wrightstown Police Department, Village of Hobart/Lawrence Police Department and Brown County Rescue.
Original Story: Police presence at Apple Creek Campground
WEDNESDAY 8/14/19 9:58 p.m.
DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) — There was a large police presence at Apple Creek Campground in De Pere Wednesday morning.
One camper reported that a car slowly crept into the campground around 9 a.m. while being tailed by several police vehicles. “It reminded me of O.J.,” the camper told Local 5.
Although an ambulance was seen carrying a passenger away from the campground, authorities say no injuries were reported in the incident.
Police say the suspect is in custody and that more information will be released soon.
Local 5 is working with local authorities to confirm some of the reports campers have told us in-person and on the WFRV facebook page.
Police say there is no threat to the public.
Local 5 will update this story as information becomes available.