Retired Kohler police officer Larry Leonhardt was out for a quiet Sunday morning motorcycle ride in Kohler on his Harley Davidson today, when he narrowly missed being in the path of a police pursuit that ended in a rollover accident.
Leonhardt, who retired from the Kohler Police Department in 2006, said he was riding northbound on Highland Drive approaching the intersection at Greenfield Drive, when he saw a burgundy SUV approaching from the west on Greenfield at an excessive speed. With two Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department squad cars in pursuit, the driver blew the stop sign turning left onto Highland Drive. Leonhardt said he knew the vehicle was going to roll, as it started veering to the left. The SUV rolled into the east ditch just missing a fire hydrant before righting itself. A few seconds later, and Leonhardt would’ve been in its path.
A release from Kohler Police Chief Shawn Splivalo stated that at approximately 10:02 a.m., the Kohler Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle for a speeding violation on CTH A South of CTH PP in the Village of Kohler. The vehicle continued on for some time with no change in driving behavior as the officer followed with both lights and siren activated. The vehicle started to pull over just inside the city limits of Sheboygan Falls, when the driver accelerated rapidly and fled.
A pursuit was called as the suspect vehicle was operating at reckless speeds of approximately 80 mph in 25 mph zones, driving through private property causing damage, and failing to stop at several stop signs in the City of Sheboygan Falls.
The suspect vehicle eventually reentered the Village of Kohler still traveling at dangerous speeds, where it failed to stop at stop signs, ending in the rollover accident.
The suspect, a 44 year-old male from Sheboygan, was treated and transported by ambulance with serious, but non-life threatening injuries to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. He was charged by Kohler police for Eluding, which is a felony, and cited by both Kohler and the City of Sheboygan Falls Police Departments for several traffic violations including Operating While Intoxicated 1st, Open Intoxicant, Operating Without a License, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Damage of Property, Speeding, and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.
The Kohler Police Dept. was assisted by Sheboygan Falls Police Dept., Sheboygan Sheriff’s Office, Kohler Fire Dept., City of Sheboygan Falls Fire Dept. and Orange Cross Ambulance.