MOUNT PLEASANT — A Racine man faces charges after allegedly endangering other drivers as he fled police, traveling at approximately 80 miles per hour and driving the wrong way down a divided road.
Devon O. Gatson, 35, of the 1000 block of Davis Place, is charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and second degree recklessly endangering safety, both felonies.
According to the criminal complaint:
Mount Pleasant Police officers began to follow Gatson, who was driving a silver Chevy Trailblazer, after he was reported as the suspect of an attempted theft in the parking lot of Carpetland USA at 6051 Regency West Drive. Gatson was reportedly parked next to the victim’s car on Feb. 6 shortly before the incident, and was seen leaving just before the victim noticed his front passenger window was cracked and partially shattered.
A Mount Pleasant officer located Gatson heading west on Durand Avenue.
Gatson initially pulled over, but sped away and did a high speed U-turn and sped away after the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle.
“Fortunately there was no traffic in any of those three lanes as the driver showed no regard for safety,” the complaint reads.
The vehicle headed eastbound on Durand Avenue (Highway 11), traveling in the right-hand shoulder in order to pass other vehicles.
Gatson then allegedly drove into oncoming traffic — heading east in the westbound lanes. The suspect approached the busy intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 31 just as the light changed from red to green. The officer was then told to terminate the pursuit and soon lost sight of the Trailblazer.
A short time later, Gatson phoned a Mount Pleasant investigator to say that he took off because he was scared and would turn himself in later that day, but he did not.
An initial appearance in the case is set for 1:30 p.m. on March 21 at the Law Enforcement Center at 717 Wisconsin Ave.