Deputies chase stolen cab down I-94

Kenosha County sheriff’s deputies pursued a stolen cab down Interstate 94 Saturday night before taking the driver into custody in Racine County.

Carl J. Blahnik, 53, of Elko, Nevada, was alone in the car. He was taken by rescue to Aurora Medical Center where he was treated and released. Blahnik was then transported to Kenosha County Jail on charges of fleeing an officer (felony), operating a vehicle without consent (felony), and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He also received numerous other traffic citations including Driving After Revocation.

From a press release from Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Gil Benn:

On Saturday night at 11:21 p.m., Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies intercepted a stolen cab traveling northbound on I-94 from Illinois. Lake County Sheriff’s Department had broadcast that the Keno Cab had been carjacked near US 41 and Russell Road possibly heading to Oak Creek.

Kenosha Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Weyker intercepted the stolen cab (’95 Toyota Camry) on I-94 near Highway 50. He began to follow the suspect vehicle until assisting squads could position themselves. Sgt. Weyker initiated a stop of the suspect at Highway 142. The suspect vehicle immediately fled, accelerating northbound on I-94. The pursuit continued into Racine County with the suspect driver reaching speeds of over 100 mph, and weaving between lanes. The suspect driver then made an aggressive maneuver to the right and lost control. He crashed into the right concrete barrier, which ended the pursuit. No other vehicles or squad cars were involved in the collision.

Kenosha and Racine Sheriff’s deputies took the suspect driver into custody. He sustained relatively minor non-life threatening injuries.

Blahnik will remain in custody until his initial bond hearing on Monday afternoon. Charges are also pending against Blahnik from Illinois authorities. He is accused of carjacking and using a chemical weapon on the cab driver to steal the cab. According to reports, Blahnik was intoxicated and became angry over the purposed $26 cab fare, which lead to the carjacking.”


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