Charges follow police chase
Officers pursued a driver nearly 5 miles after responding to a 911 call.
Kristofor C. Krueger, 42, Iola, is charged with fleeing an officer and second-degree reckless endangerment.
At 5:40 p.m. Sunday, July 2, Iola Police Sgt. Paul Zierler was dispatched to the 400 block of East Iola Street in response to a disorderly conduct complaint.
The officer was familiar with the home because police had responded to disorderly complaints there on three prior occasions in 2014-15.
While Zierler was en route, the 911 caller told Waupaca County dispatch to never mind and hung up.
She then called 911 again, said Krueger was hitting her daughter, then said he left in a tan Chevy Tahoe.
As Zierler was traveling southbound on Jackson Street, he saw a tan Tahoe going northbound on Jackson.
The Tahoe turned west onto State Street, reportedly without stopping at the stop sign.
Zierler turned behind the Tahoe and activated his emergency lights and siren.
According to the criminal complaint, the driver, later identified as Krueger, turned north on Main Street and continued northbound out of Iola on State Highway 49.
Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Nelson joined the pursuit behind Zierler.
Zierler reported that Krueger was driving erratically at 70-80 mph. The Tahoe would come up behind other northbound vehicles, brake hard to avoid a rear-end collision, then pass. It passed one vehicle in a no-passing zone.
About one-quarter mile north of Tresness Road, Krueger crossed the centerline and forced a southbound purple Dodge Neon to swerve into the ditch to avoid a crash, the complaint says.
When Nelson radioed dispatch about the vehicle in the ditch, he was advised to end the pursuit and check on the Neon.
Zierler ended his pursuit near Peterson Road.
At about 6 p.m. on July 2, Portage County deputies stopped the Tahoe and Krueger was arrested.
He was released from custody after posting a $500 cash bond on July 5.
Krueger faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of reckless endangerment.