WHITEWATER — The Whitewater Police Department is seeking multiple charges on a suspect, including resisting arrest, in connection with a weekend incident.
Whitewater police reported that officers responded to a call at 10:50 p.m. Saturday, July 20, from a City of Jefferson resident who reported that a 22-year-old Palmyra man — who reportedly had violated a court order and was out on bond from a previous charge — was consuming alcohol at V’s Waterfront Venue, 292 S. Wisconsin St., Whitewater.
Officers located the suspect inside the tavern and took him into custody. While changing over from traditional handcuffs to a transport belt, the suspect ran from officers and entered Cravath Lake.
A search ensued and the Whitewater Police Department requested boat assistance from additional agencies. Whitewater Fire and Rescue, the City of Jefferson Fire Department, the Town of Linn Fire Department, the Delavan Fire Department and the Walworth County dive team responded to assist.
Additional resources from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Police Department, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Janesville Police Department’s K-9 Unit also arrived to assist.
The suspect was located within approximately 30 minutes, but continued to evade officers by swimming and concealing himself in the lake. He ultimately was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 21.
The Whitewater Police Department is seeking charges, which include felony escape, bailjumping, resisting/obstructing an officer and violation of probation.
The case was presented to the Walworth County District Attorney’s office on Monday.