RACINE — A Waukesha man faces three felony charges in connection to a chase on Interstate 94 last week that reached speeds of more than 100 mph and ended when the suspect crashed his car on a freeway ramp.
Terrence J. Anderson, 28, of the 400 block of Arcadian Avenue, Waukesha, appeared in Racine County Circuit Court on Wednesday and was charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempting to elude a traffic officer and possession of a fireman by a felon — all felonies — in connection with the chase, which began at about 10:50 a.m. on Sept. 14.
He was also cited with about a dozen traffic offenses, court records indicate, including: speeding, lane deviation, following too closely, operating while suspended, operating without insurance, failing to signal a turn, failure to stop at a stop sign, unsafe passing and failure to fasten seat belts.
According to the criminal complaint, Anderson was initially stopped on Interstate 94 near Highway 20 by a Racine County Sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy told Anderson to wait in the vehicle while the stop was being processed, according to the complaint. Instead, Anderson drove away from the traffic stop and headed south, moving erratically from lane to lane, according to the complaint.
Anderson cut off several cars — causing other cars to take evasive action — nearly rear-ended a vehicle, and was observed moving at one point at 101 mph, according to the complaint.
Deputies chased Anderson, who then slowed to 85 mph and abruptly exited the interstate at Highway KR, according to the complaint. Anderson was going about 80 mph when he got on the exit ramp, went through the intersection at KR without stopping, then lost control of vehicle on the entrance ramp and crashed, according to the complaint.
Anderson sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine, police said.
Inside the car, deputies reportedly found a firearm loaded with 11 rounds, according to the complaint.
Anderson was convicted of false imprisonment as domestic abuse in Waukesha County in 2012.
Anderson was in the Racine County Jail on Wednesday night, according to jail records. A preliminary on the charges is scheduled for Sept. 28, court records showed.