When a Waukesha County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a 19-year-old man driving the wrong way near Pewaukee Road and Interstate 94 early Wednesday morning, a 2.7-mile high speed chase ensued, ending when the man crashed his vehicle into two telephone poles south of Buena Vista Avenue in Waukesha, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
The driver, Donte J. Delamar, is charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. He also was cited for possession of marijuana. Delamar faces up to 1.5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.
Delamar remains jailed in lieu of $1,500 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
The deputy followed the vehicle after it was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of Tower Place. As the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, the vehicle heavily accelerated westbound, reached a dead end, turned around in a parking lot and exited back onto Tower Place.
Deputies continued to follow the vehicle, chasing it into the City of Waukesha traveling between 85 and 100 mph. As the vehicle traveled south on Moreland Boulevard down the hill traveling 90 mph, the deputies lost sight of it.
As a deputy drove over the hill, the deputy saw the vehicle had crashed into two telephone polls. The driver was identified as Delamar.
Delamar told the deputies he was attempting to find a friend's house when he saw the squad car, so he panicked. He said "his thoughts were blank and he felt as if he weren't in control of himself."
Police arrested Delamar and located what they believed to be marijuana in his vehicle. They transported him to Waukesha Memorial Hospital because he complained of neck pain.