Tanesha Lee


JUNEAU — A 24-year-old Madison woman made her initial appearance in court on Monday on charges she attempted to flee from Beaver Dam police Sunday, including once when she got out of a squad car.

Tanesha N. Lee is charged with a felony count of escape and two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer. If found guilty of the three offenses, she could face up to 7½ years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Lee appeared Monday before Dodge County Circuit Court Commissioner Steven Seim, who placed her on a $2,500 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, the van that Lee was traveling in was pulled over Sunday at 2:50 p.m. in the 100 block of North Spring Street after police believed the driver was operating on a suspended license for unpaid parking tickets.

Lee began attempting to leave when the vehicle was pulled over, and fled on foot near the intersection of Front and Spring streets while the driver of the vehicle was being arrested.

Lee was brought back to the officers and put into a squad car. According to the complaint, she was taken to the Beaver Dam Police Department but was able to exit the squad and was seen running down Front Street with one of the handcuffs on her wrist as she ran down the street. She was taken into custody a second time and apologized for fleeing.

The squad car was examined to determine how Lee got out of it. According to the criminal complaint, it appeared the squad was operating correctly but a window was rolled down about four inches. The officer believed that Lee was able to pull out of her handcuffs and able to access the outside driver’s door handle.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15.