Menomonee Falls man charged with 4th OWI, accused of leading West Allis officers on high speed chase

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) – A Menomonee Falls man is facing his fourth OWI charge after police say he led officers on a high-speed chase for more than three miles while he was under the influence of heroin.

Reece Hanson, 23, is charged with fleeing or eluding an officer, second degree recklessly endangering safety, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 4th offense, and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

A criminal complaint says officers with the West Allis Police Department saw a black Porsche Cayenne with an unreadable plate on HWY 100 around 1:30 a.m. on March 30. Police say there had been alerts from other agencies for a car matching its description in a shots fired incident in Wauwatosa and two other fleeing incidents earlier in the month.

Officers say they tried to pull the car over at S. 108th Street near Orchard Street in West Allis, but the car turned westbound on Lapham Street and sped away. Police say the vehicle was going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The car then turned northbound on 113th Street and then westbound on Greenfield, slowed for a stop sign and then continued westbound on Greenfield. The car made a U-turn at 116th and Greenfield, driving in the parking lane for several blocks at 80 mph.

The complaint says the car continued eastbound on Greenfield picking up its speed to 100 mph. The car continued to 95th and Greenfield where police were able to deploy stop sticks successfully. According to the criminal complaint, officers had to deploy stop sticks three times before coming to a stop.

The complaint says officers saw the driver, later identified as Hanson, and a passenger get out of the vehicle and run away. Police chased after Hanson on foot, tackled him, and say they had to use pepper spray in order to subdue him.  They also took the passenger into custody.

The passenger told police that both she and Hanson were avid heroin users and were both under the influence of heroin. Police say when they searched the car they found several syringes and burnt tin foil.

DOT records show Hanson has been previously convicted of three other OWI offenses.

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