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Man accused of driving past barricade at Beloit parade charged with seven felonies

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UPDATE — The Illinois man who police say drove around a barricade Friday at Beloit’s Grand Lighted Holiday Parade was charged in Rock County Court Wednesday with seven felonies.

Curtis L. Metz, of Orangeville, Illinois, was charged with a 5th offense OWI, fleeing an officer and five counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Metz remains in custody in Illinois. He will be extradited to Rock County at a date to be determined after addressing legal issues Illinois, according to Beloit police.

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BELOIT (WKOW) — A 52-year-old man and a 38-year-old man were both arrested after police say they drove into Beloit’s annual Grand Lighted Holiday Parade.

According to a Facebook post from the City of Beloit Police Department, the driver was identified as Curtis L. Metz of Orangeville, Illinois. The passenger was 52-year-old Aaron L. Frayer of Beloit.

Authorities say Metz drove past a squad with illuminated lights and through a barricade at Grand Avenue and Park Avenue in the City of Beloit.

One officer at the barricade used his hands to hit the front of the Metz’s truck to get Metz to stop.

Once Metz stopped, he refused to follow orders or speak with police and instead took off westbound into the parade route, according to the City of Beloit Police Department. 

Police followed Metz in an attempt to steer him out of the parade route. 

Authorities say he was not pursued into the parade route.

Once Metz was out of the parade route, officers attempted to use stop sticks to stop his truck.

Metz drove to South Beloit before he went into a cornfield near Prairie and Rockton roads in Winnebago County, IL.

Metz was arrested and is facing charges of operating while intoxicated-fifth offense, knowingly fleeing an officer, driving after revocation, obstructing an officer and reckless driving.

No injuries occurred during this incident.

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CITY OF BELOIT (WKOW ) — A short police chase happened after a man drove through a barricade into the City of Beloit annual Grand Lighted Holiday Parade on Friday night.

Rock County Communications said the chase started after a man drove through the area of Short Street and Grand Avenue just around 6:56 p.m., where the city’s holiday parade was taking place.

City of Beloit police pursued the man with the assistance of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, and South Beloit police.

No word on injuries or damages at this time.

Stay with 27 news as more information becomes available.

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