Drunken driver flees from deputies, rolls vehicle over several times in corn field

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - A Lancaster man faces his first drunken driving charge Monday night after fleeing from Grant County deputies, hitting speeds of more than 100 mph and rolling his vehicle several times in a corn field, officials said.

Platteville police were trying to find a small blue car that was speeding through the city when a Grant County deputy, who was going north on Water Street near the intersection of Pine Street, saw a small blue car speed through the intersection, according to a release.

The vehicle drove wide through the intersection and crossed into the oncoming turn lane, deputies said. The deputy turned to follow the car and recorded it on radar going 53 mph in a 25 mph zone as it passed Kwik Trip.

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but it turned west off Water Street and south onto Business 151, according to the release. When the deputy activated his siren, the driver accelerated to 83 mph as he left the city limits.

The deputy was able to get the vehicle’s registration as they approached the Highway 151 overpass, where the blue vehicle hit 100 mph, officials said. The deputy stopped the pursuit just south of Highway 151 as the driver reached 115 mph.

After terminating the pursuit, two deputies continued south at the posted speed limit for several miles to make sure the vehicle did not crash, according to the release. The deputies were not initially able to find the vehicle, but while they were going back north on County Road D, they saw on a corner where tire tracks left the roadway about 1/2 mile south of Southwest Road.

Deputies determined the suspect vehicle left the road on the corner, rolled over several times and landed about 100 yards into the corn field.

The driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Carlos Guerrero, of Lancaster, was found behind the wheel of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic, according to the release. Guerrero refused medical treatment.

He was arrested on a tentative charge of first-offense operating while intoxicated and felony eluding an officer. He was also cited for speeding.