A Bristol man under criminal investigation in Racine County, was charged today with felony fleeing and eluding, OWI(2nd), and a handful of traffic citations.
Griffin D. Bollendorf is reportedly being investigated for a serious felony matter in Racine County, but Racine County DA Patricia Hanson and her Deputy, Dirk Jensen won’t say why it’s taking them more than five months to issue charges.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Sunday, October 1, 2023, at approximately 3:07 am, a Deputy with the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, was on patrol and observed a white Volkswagen hatchback cross over the white fog line and strike a curb. The Deputy continued following the vehicle and the vehicle veered across the yellow center, leading to approximately a quarter of the vehicle in the oncoming lane while navigating a curve.
The driver accelerated rapidly, causing the tail end of the vehicle to swing over the yellow center line and the wheels squealed on the pavement. The Deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, but the driver continued driving at an approximate speed of 50 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed and the Deputy continued following the vehicle with his lights and siren activated. The vehicle again crossed over the yellow center line of the road so approximately half of the vehicle was in the oncoming lane. The vehicle’s speed was noted to be 80 MPH in a posted 50 MPH zone. The driver continued to fail at maintaining his position in the lane of traffic. The vehicle crossed over the yellow center line again. The Deputy advised Menominee dispatch of the vehicle’s displayed registration of GRIF629. The vehicle reached speeds of 84 MPH near Highlands Road. The driver slowed to speeds of 62 mph and was traveling in the gravel shoulder.
The pursuit continued into Oconto County. Approximately two miles into Oconto County, the vehicle stopped on its own, after a 9.5 mile pursuit. A high-risk vehicle stop was completed and the two occupants were detained.
The driver was identified as Griffin D. Bollendorf [DOB 06-29-1998 W/M/A] by Wisconsin Driver’s License. The Deputy observed the strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emanating from Bollendorf. He placed Griffin in the rear of the patrol cruiser and he waived his Miranda Rights. Griffin stated he was “driving home” when asked why he failed to stop for emergency lights and siren. Griffin stated he was going to his lake house in Keshena. When the Deputy asked Griffin if he had been drinking, he motioned his head in a ‘no’ fashion. The Deputy inquired why he could observe the odor of intoxicants emanating form him, Griffin replied “you say you can smell it on me”. He asked Griffin if he would be willing to complete field sobriety, which he refused.
Due to Griffin refusing a legal blood draw, police transported Griffin to the Menominee County
Sheriff’s Office until a search warrant could be obtained. A search warrant was drafted and signed for Griffin’s blood.
Griffin was transported to ThedaCare Medical Center- Shawano for a legal blood draw. Upon arrival at the Shawano County Jail, Griffin started to become uncooperative with the Jail staff’s questions and commands. Griffin and the Deputy stepped into another room for him to calm down and staff could finish going through the citations and OWI paperwork.
Griffin had court today, where a court commissioner set his bond at $2,500 cash. Bollendorf’s attorney is Ted Kmiec. In fact, Kmiec borrowed several thousand dollars from Bollendorf a few months ago to pay for his son’s bail.
Of course, neither DA Hanson, nor DDA Jensen responded to a request for comment.