Madison Man in Stolen Vehicle Crashes into School after Police Chase

At approximately 10:46 PM on Thursday, December 29 the Dane County Communications Center received information from the Stoughton Police Department that one of their officers was behind a stolen vehicle in the City of Stoughton. The vehicle continued north on County Highway N towards the Town of Pleasant Springs, when the Stoughton Officer attempted to stop the vehicle and asked for assistance from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle did not stop and continued at a high rate of speed on Highway N towards I-90. At 10:49 PM, Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway N and the driver continued onto US Highway 12/18 towards Madison.

The driver of the stolen vehicle continued on various roads including I-39/90, Highway 30, International Lane, Highway 19, Hoepker Road and Highway 51. The pursuit was initially terminated by a Dane County Sheriff’s Office supervisor, as the vehicle was encountering traffic and the suspect driver was intentionally in the wrong lane on Highway 51.

Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle again, in an area of Hoepker Road, where there was no traffic, but the driver failed to stop at area stop lights, stop signs and continued through the City of Sun Prairie.

Despite numerous agencies trying to assist the Sheriff's Office with deploying tire deflation devices, the vehicle continued taking evasive action away from law enforcement.

The vehicle crashed at 11:19 PM into Sacred Hearts School in the City of Sun Prairie.

The driver initially refused to cooperate, but was arrested with the help of Sun Prairie PD, an MPD K9 Unit and personnel from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Dane County Deputies arrested 44-year-old Daniel N. Hynes from Madison on felony charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Consent, Eluding and a Parole Violation warrant. Stoughton Police added charges of Eluding and Reckless Driving.

The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Madison.

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