$10,000 bond ordered for man accused of crashing into Beaver Dam Middle School

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Video courtesy DailyDodge.com. A vehicle burst into flames Aug. 21, 2019 after crashing into Beaver Dam Middle School. Full video HERE.

JUNEAU (WKOW) — A judge Thursday ordered a $10,000 cash bond for a man accused of crashing into the Beaver Dam Middle School following a police chase late Wednesday night.

Roy Cortez, 22, of Beaver Dam, appeared in Dodge County Circuit Court in Juneau via video from the Dodge County jail.

He faces a felony charge of fleeing an officer and causing property damage.  Prosecutors say Cortez may later face other charges, including possibly operating while intoxicated.

A criminal complaint states Cortez broke the window of a Beaver Dam apartment Wednesday night after being locked out of the unit by an acquaintance in a domestic dispute.

The complaint says police spotted Cortez driving in the neighborhood of the Middle School and began pursuing him, with Cortez refusing to stop.

Assistant Dodge County District Attorney Jim Sempf says Cortez was driving his car as fast as ninety miles an hour when he slammed into a school building wall.

Sempf says the collision created a crater in the school building thirty feet wide and seven feet high.

Beaver Dam Schools Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the damage estimate is more than $100,000.

Repair work to the school building continues.  School officials are assessing what changes to instruction and activity space may have to occur when students begin classes Sept. 3.

Court records show Cortez received a traffic citation after being involved in an injury accident in the Town of Theresa nine months ago.

Cortez appeared for his court hearing Friday with one of his arms in a sling, but authorities say that injury is apparently the only significant one he suffered in the crash into the school building.

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UPDATE (WKOW) — A police chase ended with a car crashing into Beaver Dam Middle School late Wednesday night, according to the Beaver Dam Police Department.

The police chief said they were called to a domestic incident at about 11:30 p.m.

A vehicle burst into flames Aug. 21, 2019 after crashing into Beaver Dam Middle School. Photo courtesy DailyDodge.com

The woman, age 30, reported a verbal argument with a man she lived with, age 22, who broke a window and left the scene in a vehicle. Police say he was under the influence of alcohol.

A short time later, the suspect drove past the home and police attempted to stop him in order to investigate the domestic disturbance further.

The driver refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed, eventually traveling southbound on Grove Street.

His vehicle left the roadway and struck the North wall of the Beaver Dam Middle School, near the intersection of W. Mackie St and Grove Street, according to a news release from the Beaver Dam Police Department.

The vehicle then burst into flames and the fire was extinguished by the Beaver Dam Fire Department.

The collision caused structural damage to the building as well as damage to the electrical and water utilities.

The suspect, who police have not identified, sustained non-life threatening injuries and no other people were involved in the crash.

The suspect driver was arrested or for domestic disorderly conduct, fleeing/eluding an officer, operating while under the influence, operating while suspended, and operating without insurance.

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BEAVER DAM (WKOW) — A vehicle crashed into a school in Beaver Dam late Wednesday night, according to the Beaver Dam Fire Department.

Authorities said it happened at Beaver Dam Middle School on 4th Street before midnight.

The school district posted on its Facebook saying an open house at the middle school has been postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

No word on the cause of the crash, damage or injuries.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 

PHOTO: A vehicle burst into flames Aug. 21, 2019 after crashing into Beaver Dam Middle School. Photo courtesy DailyDodge.com

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