On May 23, 2017 at approximately 1:17 a.m.,the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center advised of an ongoing vehicle pursuit going north from Dubuque on Hwy 151 into Grant County. It was reported that the vehicle was involved in a hit and run.
A Grant County deputy entered Hwy 151 just north of CTH H in Jamestown Township positioning himself in front of the pursuit. As the suspect vehicle approached it narrowly missed striking the Grant County squad car and continued north. The Grant County deputies pursued the vehicle for just over 9 miles when it abruptly turned onto Hummingbird Lane in Platteville Township and then into a private driveway.
Deputies had to break out a window and remove the driver who was identified as Jacob Gerlach, age 24 of East Dubuque. Gerlach resisted arrest but was ultimately tken into custody. The vehicle had heavy damage as a result of the hit and run in Dubuque and was removed from the scene by Wenzel Towing.
Gerlach was arrested for felony eluding, operating while under the influence 1st offense, obstructing an officer, resisting an officer, and possession of marijuana. Gerlach was also cited for failure to yield for an emergency vehicle and following too closely.
A passenger in the vehicle, Sean Stevens, age 22 of Dubuque, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Assisting at the scene was the University of Wisconsin Platteville Police Department, The City of Platteville Police Department, The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, and the Belmont Police Department.
Persons arrested by the Grant County Sheriff's Office are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.