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(Published Tuesday, August 24, 2004 10:41:50 AM CDT)

Gazette Staff

ELKHORN-A 22-year-old Elkhorn man pleaded guilty Monday to fleeing a police officer and ultimately causing a police car to crash.

Benjamin J. Quade, 433 W. Rockwell St., was found guilty on charges of fleeing an officer, which caused injury, and attempting to flee police. He faces up to 92 years in prison.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 15 in front of Walworth County Judge Robert Kennedy.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of recklessly endangering safety was dismissed, as were two misdemeanors for operating after revocation and two misdemeanor drug charges.

According to police reports, Quade, who was riding a Suzuki motorcycle, sped away from city of Delavan police officer Michael Cummings on the afternoon of June 19. During the chase, Cummings overcorrected his steering and rolled his squad into a field off County M just north of Delavan.

Later that afternoon, Walworth County sheriff's deputies spotted Quade at the Country Station gas station at the intersections of highways 11, 14 and 89 in Darien Township. Another chase ensued, ending when Quade crashed his cycle on County C outside of Fairfield near the Rock-Walworth county line. Speeds exceeded 100 mph during the chase.

Cummings sustained minor injuries when he crashed his vehicle. He returned to work in early July.

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Sounds like he was a productive member of society to begin with.... (sarcasm)
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