Two men, who’s high-speed pursuit caused Woodman’s to be evacuated last Tuesday made their initial appearances in court today. Devion Demarco Garrett (34) of Racine was charged with attempting to flee or elude an officer, second degree recklessly endangering safety, possession with intent (marijuana), and possession of a firearm by a felon. Garrett, if convicted of all charges, faces a maximum of 33.5 years in the Wisconsin Prison System. Dasean Lafay William (30) of Racine was charged with possession with intent (marijuana), possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of THC. Williams, if convicted of all charges, faces only 20.5 years in the Wisconsin Prison System.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Kenosha Sheriff’s Deputy monitoring traffic on I-94 noticed a dark blue SUV traveling faster than the other cars and had an obstructed rear license plate. The vehicle then sped up and changed lanes many times, prompting the Deputy to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle didn’t pull over and a chase ensued, topping 122 miles per hour in speed. The vehicle and Deputy exited off onto Highway C and proceeded north on the frontage road. The suspect vehicle crashed and smoke was coming out of the hood. Apparently, the suspect took the large curve too quickly. Garrett dropped his wallet, helping police to identify one of the occupants. A Wisconsin Trooper who was in the area asked dispatch to turn the Department of Transportation cameras towards La Quinta Inn hotel and a State Patrol Dispatcher saw a subject dump two handguns in a dumpster belonging to La Quinta. Both guns were loaded and one was reported stolen out of Milwaukee. Officers with the State Patrol, Pleasant Prairie Police Department, and Kenosha Police Department all worked together with the Sheriff’s Department and found drugs in bags along the path of escape. The two subjects were captured and were full of “cat tail fluff” after allegedly running through the swamp.
Police uncovered more that 4 pounds of marijuana. The key-fob for the vehicle that crashed was found with Garrett, so police learned who was driving.
In court today for the DA was Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Drew Lehman. Lehman is known for his no-b.s. arguments. He doesn’t hold back. He asked for $50,000 cash bond for both men citing the seriousness of the crimes being alleged, the defendants’ extensive criminal history, and their risk of flight. “The defendant is and has always been a drug dealer. He’s gonna continue to do it. He is willing to put the public at risk when he flees from police who are trying to stop him.”
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren “Larry” Keating set Garrett’s bond at $75,000 cash as he was the driver, and Williams, $50,000 cash. Keating cited the seriousness of the allegations and did determine that both defendants were flight risks. Both men are due back in court on December 16, 2022, at 8:15am for their preliminary hearings.