Domestic violence suspect arrested in Beloit after leading police on a chase from Janesville

Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 9:28 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2021 at 10:29 PM CST
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BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV) - Beloit police arrested a man Thursday night after he led police on a car chase from Janesville to Beloit.

The incident started in the 1000 block of South Washington Street in Janesville, where police received a report of a man threatening to kill a woman. That suspect was later identified as 34-year-old Ladale Johnson, who has a history of firearms related incidents and had active felony warrants from a previous assault on the same victim. Police also say Johnson is on probation for being a felon possessing a firearm, has various drug charges and is out on a signature bond for an OWI 4th Offense.

When officers got to the scene, Janesville Police say Johnson was taking off in a vehicle. Police went after him as he drove down Highway 51 to Beloit.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Beloit Township Police Departments both tried to deploy tire deflation devices. The pursuit continued into Beloit where a Rock County Sheriff’s Deputy took over the pursuit until Beloit Police were able to successfully deploy more tire deflation devices. Johnson eventually got out of his vehicle and ran away.

Responding officers followed foot prints in the snow to a garage. Johnson was holed up in that garage as police gave him instructions to surrender but he didn’t respond. Finally, Beloit Police SWAT was activated and then Johnson was eventually taken into custody.

Johnson faces new charges of fleeing an officer and disorderly conduct domestic violence in addition to several outstanding warrants.

Update, 11:07 pm Thursday: the suspect has been safely taken into custody. We will be on scene for awhile still but...

Posted by City of Beloit Police Department on Thursday, February 18, 2021

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