According to a Walworth County Sheriff’s Office press release, yesterday at about 11:15 p.m. the Communications Center received a report of a hit and run crash involving two cars on State Highway 50 and Back Rd. in the Town of Lyons. The complainant stated that the offending vehicle did not stop, and entered Kenosha County while traveling at a high rate of speed. Later, a Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle on US Highway 12 approaching the County Highway NN interchange. The deputy utilized patrol radar to track the vehicle at a speed of 97 miles per hour in a posted 70 miles per hour speed limit zone. The vehicle exited US Highway 12 onto County Highway NN accelerating to speeds of 100 miles per hour in a posted 30 miles per hour speed limit zone, and the deputy declared a pursuit based on the danger presented to citizens by the driver and vehicle. During the pursuit, the vehicle completed a U-Turn and drove head-on towards a pursuing deputy. Then the vehicle extinguished its lights in attempt to further elude deputies. The vehicle continued westbound on County Highway NN when a tire deflation device was used on the vehicle, and the vehicle eventually stopped at Steward Tank in the City of Elkhorn. Deputies arrested the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 68 year old Kurt E. Walther from Prophetstown, IL, without further incident. He is charged with failure to obey a traffic officer, fleeing or eluding a traffic officer, speeding on a freeway, hit and run attended vehicle, 4th offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and two counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety.
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