UPDATE: Suspect in High Speed Pursuit Will be Charged
City Times Staff
The suspect in a Feb. 4 high-speed chase is being charged with fleeing an officer and operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent.
Wausau resident Patrick Snellings, 30, led officers on a pursuit exceeding 100 miles an hour from the City of Stevens Point to the Town of Sharon on Saturday. Officers had previously been notified Snellings had stolen the car and was sending suicidal text messages to the vehicle’s owner.
Police located the Snellings’ vehicle inside Stevens Point shortly before 11 AM, but when he spotted police, Snellings fled east on Hwy. 66 “at a high rate of speed”, according to a news release from the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office. Officers then lost the vehicle, but deputies were able to relocate the car in Sharon a short time later.
When Snellings finally pulled over near Highways 66 and 49, deputies approached and ordered him to exit the car. Snellings refused, then used a knife to cut his own throat.
Officers immediately swarmed the vehicle, removing Snellings and applying life-saving measures. He was taken by ambulance to St. Michael’s Hospital. His condition is not currently know but he is expected to survive, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Wisconsin State Patrol and Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene, along with Rosholt Area First Responders and the Rosholt Fire Department.