Janesville man arrested after hit-and-run, chase

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BELOIT - A Janesville man was arrested this morning after he reportedly struck a residence and two vehicles with his car on St. Lawrence Avenue and lead law enforcement officers on a high speed chase.

Thomas D. Weidner, 26, faces possible charges of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) - second offense, hit and run - property damage, driving while his license was suspended and felony fleeing, according to a news release on the Beloit Police Department Facebook page.

Beloit police were called to the 1700 block of St. Lawrence Avenue at about 3:52 a.m. where a vehicle had hit two parked cars and the fence and patio area of a residence, according to the report. As the offending vehicle packed out of the property, it nearly hit a squad car. Stop sticks were deployed with assistance from the Town of Beloit police at Newark and McKinley. Police tried to stop the vehicle, but it fled on Afton Road and it reached speeds of up to 100 mph, according to the news release.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office deployed a second set of stop sticks outside of Janesville and the vehicle was stopped. The suspect tried to flee on foot, but he was apprehended after the K-9 unit was used and a taser was used.

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