On 2/25/2020, Grant County Sheriff Deputies were attempting to locate a possible stolen vehicle out of Iowa. It was reported that the vehicle was being operated by Mitchell L. McAuliffe, 35, and it was last seen in the area of Pikes Peak Road just after 7:00 AM.
At approximately 7:45 AM, a Grant County Sheriff Deputy observed the suspect vehicle traveling south on West Banfield Road near Kress Lane. The Sheriff Deputy turned around to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle when it took off at a high rate of speed. The pursuit continued on south on West Banfield Road and on to Indian Creek Road. The deputy lost sight of the suspect vehicle around a curve near Dark Lane. After getting through the curve, the deputy observed the suspect vehicle stopped and was unoccupied. Additional deputies arrived on scene to set a perimeter until a K9 unit arrived.
While conducting a K9 track for the suspect, it was reported that a suspicious person matching the suspect was observed on Kress Lane. Sheriff Deputies responded to the area and located McAuliffe in the woods approximately 100 yards off of Kress Lane. McAuliffe was taken into custody by Sheriff Deputies at approximately 9:22 AM. McAuliffe was transported to the Grant County Jail where he was booked on Fleeing an Officer, Operating a Vehicle without Owners Consent, and Criminal Damage to Property. McAuliffe is also on probation. The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Dickeyville Police Department, Lancaster Police Department K9 Unit, and the Iowa County Sheriff's Office.
**Persons arrested by the Grant County Sheriff's Office are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. An arrest is only an indication that probable cause exists to bring formal charges.** The names of victims and witnesses to a crime have been withheld in accordance with §950.04.
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