Merrill officers, sheriff’s deputies respond to high-speed chase, another incident in quick succession Tuesday
A man led Merrill Police and Lincoln and Marathon County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase which began in Merrill and ended on Wausau’s north side on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old Milwaukee man drove over an embankment at Merrill’s Wal-Mart onto State Highway 64 before turning southbound on U.S. Highway 51 at around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Quintaous Williams, 34, was wanted on domestic related offenses, a probation warrant, and possible weapons violations since Sunday, June 2, according to a Merrill Police report. Given some of the information provided, a residential area approach of the suspect was deemed unsafe for various reasons. Eventually the man began moving into a driveway which limited interaction with the public and a stop was initiated, according to police email.
The pursuit continued south until the suspect decided to surrender near the north Wausau exit by Fleet Farm and Northcentral Technical College. The suspect was taken into custody successfully and a loaded weapon was recovered within the vehicle, according to the report. Williams is charged with domestic battery, fleeing an officer and a felon in possession of a firearm. More charges are being considered.
As police wrapped up the high-speed chase, officers were dispatched to a disorderly male on State St. around 1:40 p.m.
The suspect was not wanted in the residence, was refusing to leave and has a history of arming himself with knives, according to Merrill Police Department. Upon arrival the subject became agitated with law enforcement and refused to come out. He armed himself with a knife and alluded to other threats. Accordingly, the Merrill Fire Department was requested to stage in the area for a potential EMS response and potential fire response.
As tensions escalated, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SRT was requested to respond. Additional MPD officers were called in and deputies from the Lincoln Co Sheriff’s Office had taken up positions on scene as well. Prior to SRT arriving, the suspect became responsive to our officers’ pleas. The suspect eventually came out unarmed and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect will be charged with disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct (domestic related), bail jumping, and failure to comply with officer’s attempt to take a person into custody (while arming one’s self).