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Man in Custody For Auto Theft and Crashes

Post Date:01/24/2017 10:45 AM

An individual responsible for stealing a vehicle and becoming involved in a series of crashes has been taken into custody.
On January 23, 2017, at approximately 10 PM, a victim reported her SUV stolen from a business in the 2400 block of W. College Avenue.  The vehicle was running and unlocked when stolen.

As an Appleton officer was taking the stolen vehicle complaint, a report of a vehicle crash at the intersection of W. College Avenue and Lilas Drive was received.  The officer taking the stolen vehicle report recognized the stolen vehicle had been involved in the crash. He responded to the scene.  Witnesses reported the stolen SUV leaving the area on N. Lilas Street.

A second hit and run occurred on N. Lilas Drive several minutes after the first hit and run.  The driver of the stolen SUV appeared to intentionally stop without warning, causing a vehicle following him from the first crash, to smash into the rear of the stolen SUV.  The stolen SUV left the area following the second crash. No injuries occurred in either crash.

The driver of the stolen SUV eventually drove the vehicle into a restricted area near the Grand Chute Municipal Building.  He crashed into a wooded area and was taken into custody by Grand Chute Police Department officers.  Appleton Police Department officers responded to take custody of the driver for the stolen vehicle and crashes occurring in the City of Appleton.

Earl J. Hillsberg - Auto Theft and OWI 

Earl J Hillsberg


Earl J. Hillsberg (M/NA, 07/05/61), of Waupun, was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owners Consent, Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and First Offense – OWI.   He was confined at the Outagamie County Jail on those charges.  He also received traffic citations for Operating after Suspension, Hit and Run to Occupied Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Unsafe Lane Deviation. Additional charges may be requested following the completion of the investigation.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920) 832-5509.

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