Wisconsin Man Outruns Police Cars at 125-Plus MPH, Claiming He Was Late for Work

He wound up being even later than anticipated.

Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office

Oh dear, oh dear, he shall be too late. A Wisconsin man outran police cruisers over the course of a three-mile car chase last Wednesday, according to authorities, hitting speeds in excess of 125 miles per hour in the process. When finally taken into custody, however, the man offered up an explanation anyone could identify with, albeit one not usually used for leaving the cops in the dust: He said he was late for work. 

Police said 25-year-old Sheboygan resident Zachary Ryan Aschenbach was clocked at speeds ranging from between 100 and 125 mph during a pursuit on Wisconsin's Interstate 43 and Highway 23 on November 22, according to the Sheboygan Press. Authorities say Aschenbach's vehicle managed to pull away from the Sheboygan County Sheriff Office cop car behind him doing 125, enabling him to lose his pursuers.

But not for long. Police picked up the scent again after stumbling upon Aschenbach's car wrecked on the side of the road at the end of 70 yards of skid marks, according to the Sheboygan Press. The car was empty, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday, but police captured the driver shortly thereafter. After being apprehended, Aschenbach reportedly told a Sheboygan County deputy that he had been speeding because he needed to get to work as quickly as possible, and could lose his job. 

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Aschenbach has been charged with a single felony count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, according to the criminal complaint. As he is currently still in custody, according to police records, it seems likely he wound up being quite late to work after all. 

Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies drive Ford Police Interceptors, according to the office website. The Drive has reached out to the sheriff's office to learn what type of car Aschenbach was driving; we'll update this post with any additional information we learn. 

Oddly enough, Aschenbach's claimed high-speed dash to work is not even the latest high-speed vehicular pursuit to plague this chunk of rural Wisconsin. On Saturday, November 25th, police were forced to use a PIT maneuver to stop a driver attempting to flee through Sheboygan at speeds as high as 90 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.