Lawsuit in Union Grove, crash leads to multiple charges


Racine County Sheriff’s deputies were standing by the side of the road around 2 a.m. Sunday after a call for service, when a black Cadillac Deville drove past them at high speed, nearly hitting them.

MPs attempted to stop the vehicle, but it accelerated, reaching speeds of over 100 mph as it continued southbound on US 45. Shortly after passing through Kenosha County, the vehicle lights up have been extinguished. The vehicle then swerved out of the roadway and entered a farm field, stopping behind a shed.

Nicholas Petersen, 30, from the city of Paris exited the vehicle and later admitted to throwing a loaded Glock pistol into the open hangar. He was taken into custody without further incident. The firearm was recovered. Shortly after, it was discovered that Petersen was living on the farm where he crashed. Petersen or his deputies were not injured.

MPs detected a smell of intoxicants coming from Petersen and he failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken to Racine County Jail on the following counts:

  • Knowingly flee and hint
  • Impaired driving (2nd offense)
  • Operation during revocation
  • Armed while intoxicated
  • Carry a concealed weapon
  • Reckless endangerment of security (3 counts)
  • Bail out

Bayside manhunt leads to drug charges

Richard Chavez and Daniel Rodriguez-Lara were indicted in federal court in Milwaukee on Thursday for drug trafficking, a case and investigation that began with a traffic stop nearly 800 miles away.


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