Police apprehend suspect after chase
For the Gazette
STEVENS POINT – On June 22, an officer from the Stevens Point Police Department attempted a traffic stop at 8:23 a.m. on a vehicle that was traveling approximately 50 mph south in the 1300 block of Division St. The vehicle did not stop, and a pursuit entailed. The officer lost sight of the vehicle and the pursuit was terminated. Soon after, officers located the vehicle again and were able to identify the driver as Anthony J. Andrae M/W; 1-27-1983, from past contacts.
Andrae had a felony Department of Corrections warrant. Andrae was driving a 2013 Volkswagen Passat owned by his girlfriend and would not stop the vehicle when officers attempted to stop him again. A second pursuit ensued and ended up traveling down to Plover and into residential neighborhoods, where he traveled through construction zones, back yards of residential housing, damaging lawns, and landscaping. A PIT maneuver was attempted but was unsuccessful. Andrae turned into an apartment complex East of Post Road, on Hickory Dr. where he exited the vehicle and followed commands given by the officers.
Andrae was taken into custody and charges will be requested for the following:
• OWI – 1st offense
• Felony Fleeing
• Hit and Run – Property Damage
• Multiple traffic offenses
• He also has an outstanding felony warrant from the Department of Corrections.
The pursuit lasted approximately 7.2 miles with top speeds of approximately 80mph.
A statement from the department read: “The Stevens Point Police Department would like to thank the Plover Police Department at the Portage County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the pursuit this morning. All three agencies worked together to protect the citizens of Portage County and stop the vehicle without injuries.”
There were no injuries to all involved but major damage was sustained to the vehicle Andrae was driving, along with very minor damage to a squad car.