GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Dash cam video shows a Green Bay man throwing stolen items out of his van as he leads deputies on a high speed chase.
The man, identified as Timothy L. Andrews, was eventually arrested for suspicion of seventh offense OWI. Deputies say his actions put countless lives at risk.
The 13-minute incident started in Bellevue and ended on Elizabeth Street in Green Bay. Action 2 News has obtained the dash cam video for this exclusive report.
This all started at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9. Deputies responded to Festival Foods in Bellevue for the report of a man on their theft watch list in the store.
Brown County deputies stopped the man, 48, in the parking lot. That's when it took a dangeorus turn.
The video shows a deputy telling the man, later identified as Andrews, to keep his hands visible. The man refused to put his van in park or get out of the vehicle.
Deputies spot weapons inside the van.
DEPUTY: "What's in the vehicle?"
DEPUTY: "OK, step out of the vehicle."
The man refuses. He says he doesn't want to go back to jail.
Another deputy reaches in and tries to put the van in park. The deputy is able to turn the key off, but the suspect restarts the van and takes off with deputies inside.
The deputies jump out. They're not hurt. They take off after the suspect.
The man is driving 60 mph down Manitowoc Road.
They pass through neighborhoods and down busy roads.
This is when the man starts tossing things out the window. Deputies believe he's chucking stolen beer, meat and clothing.
"I don't know what his reason is, because it's not like we're not going to be able to go back and pick those items up," says Capt. Dan Sandberg, Brown County Sheriff's Office. "But he appeared to be trying to throw the stolen items out the door as he's driving down the street."
Deputies consider calling off the chase. However, the man turns onto a quiet side street and the deputies are able to use a PIT maneuver to stop him.
"It continues to floor me how some people in our society are willing to jeopardize other people's safety for their own means," Sandberg says. "And then you find out that it's his seventh offense. I mean, this is a guy that shouldn't even be... Why is he even in a car?"
Deputies arrest Andrews for suspicion of drunk driving. Investigators say a preliminary breath test registers a .055, but due to his past drunk driving offenses, Andrews' legal limit to drive is .02.
Deputies say Andrews admitted to smoking marijuana all day.
The Sheriff's Office has referred nine charges to the Brown County District Attorney's Office.
"This is 6 o'clock in the evening and you've got somebody who's intoxicated, seventh offense, going there, stealing alcohol, and these people, they're a danger to the community, and they're willing to put them at risk," Sandberg says. "And it seems like most of the crimes that occur that we see involve somebody who's alcohol and drugs. That always seems to be one of the kickbacks is they're involved in alcohol and drugs and doing it to fuel their habits."