JUNEAU — A 26-year-old Milwaukee man made his initial appearance in court Thursday after being charged with fleeing Beaver Dam police following a chase in and around the city on Tuesday.

Patrick D. Angelo Neal-Brown is charged with a felony count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and operating a motor vehicle while revoked. He could face up to four years and three months in prison and $22,500 in fines if convicted of the charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam Police said the vehicle Neal-Brown was driving Tuesday around 11:10 p.m. made a left turn from the wrong lane on North Spring Street and Maple Avenue. In addition, a brake light was out and the vehicle registration was suspended.

An officer attempted to stop the vehicle and it took off at a high rate of speed after turning north on North Center Street. At one point, the vehicle was clocked doing 85 mph on Center Street. According to the complaint, the vehicle made a right turn traveling east on Hickory Street, after reaching the town of Beaver Dam. The vehicle went up on the front yard of a residence but was able to regain control and get back on the roadway.

Around Highway 33 and Hemlock Road, the vehicle’s engine had blown, which caused sparks and heavy black smoke. The chase slowed to 60 mph after reaching 97 mph. The vehicle continued to slow down with two women passengers jumping out of the car while it was going about 30 mph.

According to the criminal complaint, Neal-Brown drove the vehicle into a corn field on Highway 33 toward Fox Lake before he left on foot.

The two women were located at the scene, but Neal-Brown was not located until the next morning at 9:30 a.m. after he was spotted hitchhiking on Highway 33.

Neal-Brown said the women had requested a ride from Milwaukee to the Hardware Store in Clyman. On their way back to Milwaukee, they got lost and ended up in Beaver Dam. Neal-Brown said he fled because he did not have a license.

Neal-Brown appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Commissioner Steven Seim, who placed Neal-Brown on a $2,000 cash bond. As a condition of his bond, he may not operate a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 4.

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