Police chase a wanted man in a car and on foot, search through fields to find him


Rock County Sheriffs police chase a wanted man in a car and on foot, ending the pursuit searching through fields to find him.

Just before twelve Friday afternoon deputies saw the suspect sitting in his vehicle near a business on Venture Drive in Janesville.  The deputies then surrounded the suspect with their squad cars, boxing him in.  The suspect then reversed his car, smashing into one of the parked police vehicles, ran over one of the deputies foot and then fled the scene.

Officers chased the suspect from Beloit Avenue, eastbound on Delavan Drive, southbound on County Highway J and westbound on Avalon Road.  The deputies then lost sight of the suspect’s vehicle after it was pushed through fencing, and ended up in a farm field adjacent to the Interstate.  

The suspect, 40 year old Janesville resident Jess Hurley, was found and arrested in a La Prarie Township field not far from the vehicle. 

Hurley faces numerous charges including his original charges of battery, strangulation, and false imprisonment from December 18th.  After the chase with police, Hurley faces additional charges of battery to a law enforcement officer, reckless endangering safety, felony fleeing, and bail jumping.  Other charges, like the traffic citations related to the chase are still being determined.

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