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Charges on hold in connection with high speed interstate chase

MADISON (WKOW) – A fugitive’s appearance in Dane County court involves no charges in connection to the man’s alleged one-hundred-mile-per-hour-plus flee from officers on the interstate in Columbia and Dane Counties.

State Patrol video shows a Nissan driven by 31-year old John Stroman reaching estimated speeds of 115 miles per hour and dodging cars and the deployment of tire-deflating spikes.  Stroman was stopped and arrested after the pursuit April 18 covered twenty miles between Portage and DeForest.

Stroman’s Tuesday court appearance was on an extradition request from Maryland.  Maryland court records show a warrant was issued for Stroman’s arrest Dec. 1, 2017 on drug dealing and theft charges.

But Dane County Special Prosecutor Will Davis indicates Dane County lacks venue to charge Stroman for any alleged crimes related to his driving.  At the time of his arrest, Stroman was tentatively charged with felony second degree reckless endangerment and felony eluding an officer.

Acting Columbia County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says he’ll review the case file on Stroman to determine if any charges will be filed against him in the county.

Dane County Court Commissioner Jason Hanson set Stroman’s bail at $5,000 on the extradition matter.  Stroman has another court hearing on extradition next month.

State Patrol officials say the request to apprehend Stroman on the highway came from the U.S. Marshall’s Service.  It is unclear why Stroman’s fugitive status became a priority at that time.  Stroman’s attorney says Stroman has lived in Madison for the past two years with a wife and children, and worked in construction.

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Tony Galli

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