9/24/2019 7:30:00 AM Motorist who crashed into Pioneer Park charged with two felonies
By River News Staff
A 28-year-old Menasha man accused of crashing his vehicle at Rhinelander's Pioneer Park Saturday evening after fleeing police has been charged with two felonies and issued more than 20 traffic citations.
Travis James Johnson appeared in Oneida County Circuit Court Monday afternoon before Judge Patrick O'Melia on charges including second degree recklessly endangering safety and fleeing an officer, both felonies. He is also charged with possession of an illegally obtained prescription and negligent operation of a vehicle, both misdemeanors.
More than 20 traffic citations are also tracking with the case, including operating while intoxicated (first offense).
According to broadcast reports and court records, Johnson is accused of driving erratically along U.S. Highway 8 West Saturday afternoon. He eventually made his way into the city of Rhinelander, crashing his vehicle into city property at Pioneer Park.
In court Monday, assistant district attorney Jillian Pfeiffer requested a significant cash bond, citing the defendant's conduct and his prior criminal history.
O'Melia set a $10,000 cash bond and scheduled an adjourned initial appearance for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14.
Johnson told the judge he would like an attorney to represent him. He also indicated he does not have a clear memory of the incident.
"I am very, very glad no one got hurt," he said.
If convicted he faces more than 13 years in prison.
A full story on the charges against Johnson will be published in the Thursday River News.
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