By Shereen Siewert
A Schofield woman who led police on a high speed chase that began in Marathon County and ended more than 25 miles later in Bowler was in court last week to be sentenced for the Marathon County-related charges associated with the case.
Ashley DeAngelis, 34, was sentenced Dec. 12 in Marathon County Circuit Court, where she was convicted of operating with a revoked license and resisting or obstructing an officer. As part of a plea agreement, a charge of fleeing an officer was dismissed and read into the record.
Circuit Judge Mike Moran ordered a withheld sentence for DeAngelis, which includes one year of probation. If DeAngelis breaks the rules of her probation, she could be forced to return to court for additional sentencing.
But DeAngelis is also facing felony charges of fleeing an officer and second degree recklessly endangering safety in Shawano County. That case has not yet concluded.
Police say the high speed pursuit began shortly after 5 p.m. Sept. 17 when police pulled over a westbound vehicle on Hwy. OO in the town of Norrie with a severely cracked windshield. Initial reports suggested the stop was on Hwy. 29.
DeAngelis was immediately identified as driving without a valid driver’s license, according to the incident report. But a passenger in the vehicle initially gave a false name, and the pair eventually fled from officers who were attempting to determine the passenger’s true identity.
From there, DeAngelis led police on a chase of about 25.7 miles, turning eastbound on Hwy. 29 into Shawano County and eventually onto Hwy. D, with speeds topping 100 mph during the chase, according to the report. The pursuit ended when the vehicle abruptly stopped and started on fire.
DeAngelis was arrested immediately but her passenger fled on foot and was apprehended a short time later. Police also discovered about 7.4 grams of suspected cocaine inside the vehicle, the report states.
As part of the agreement, DeAngelis must maintain a good faith effort to maintain her driver’s license, according to court records.
DeAngelis was on extended supervision at the time of the chase; she was released from prison in February on forgery and drug charges.
An adjourned initial appearance in the Shawano County case is set for Dec. 17.