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Police: Suspect on Beltline reached 119 MPH

MONONA (WKOW) – Monona Police officials say a suspect reached speeds of 119 miles per hour as she sped away from pursuing officers last month, only to be arrested in a Fitchburg neighborhood.

20 year old Ana Brindley of Sun Prairie was charged Thursday with felony eluding an officer.  Brindley appeared in Dane County court and was released on a signature bond, but only after a court commissioner rejected a prosecutor’s proposed $5,000 bail for Brindley.

Commissioner Brian Ausmus said Brindley was released from the Dane County jail the day after the June 18 incident, with the district attorney not requiring her to appear before a magistrate.  Ausmus said the argument for cash bail was weakened by the district attorney’s inaction last month, and Brindley showing up for court Thursday.

A criminal complaint against Brindley states the sedan she was driving reached a speed of 119 miles per hour after she failed to stop for a pursuing Monona Police officer, and drove west bound on the Beltline near Todd Drive.

The complaint says the deployment of spike strips led to one of the tires on Brindley’s car deflating and falling off, but her car continued at nearly 60 miles per hour before she stopped in a Fitchburg neighborhood.

One of the car’s passengers, Martinique Walker, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor resisting.

Authorities say more than a dozen police officers from several agencies were in the neighborhood when Brindley’s car stopped, and the complaint states Walker did not comply with orders to surrender, leading to the use of a police dog to subdue Walker.

Last month, Monona Police officials said the pursuit began as officers investigated a possible stolen car in the parking lot of the city’s Walmart store, with the car nearly hitting an officer as it sped off.  Officials said Brindley drove a separate car that was used to continue the attempted get-away outside of Monona.

Brindley has a previous felony conviction for driving over 100 miler per hour in a separate attempt to get away from police.

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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