Raw Video: Suspects On Loose after High Speed Chase, Harley Plant Lockdown
MILWAUKEE - A high speed chase has reportedly ended at a Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa, but police are searching for two of the three suspects.
Officers are searching for two suspects who ditched their van at the parking lot at the Harley-Davidson production facility near the corner of North 119th Street and West Capitol Drive. The search brought authorities to lock down the plant.
Police arrested one of the three suspects. They may have been responsible for a break-in that happened in the Village of Richfield Tuesday evening.
"Our officers were posted on the expressway last night along Lannon Road, and attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation," said Lt. Tom Schreihart in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.
"The vehicle tried to elude the officer by traveling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The vehicle exited the freeway on Capitol Drive and entered the parking lot of the Harley-Davidson, where three suspects exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
"After a search was conducted with the assistance of the Germantown K-9, one suspect was located and taken into custody. Two other suspects still remain at large at this time."
Schreihart said police believe the two suspects are men. They are interrogating the arrested suspect to try and find out more information about the other two suspects.
"Hopefully, with our leads that we get through speaking with the suspect, we also have the vehicle, so if there's any physical evidence we can get off the vehicle, that can match us up to a suspect, we'll work through our detective bureau to hopefully apprehend the other two people," explained Lt. Schreihart.
The facility that was locked down is the Harley-Davidson power train operations plant, where workers make Harley-Davidson engines.
"Harley has a great action plan where they shut down the building," said Lt. Schreihart.
"They kind of went into a lockdown mode. They worked with the Germantown officers, having them search their building for them to make sure they were working in a safe environment."
The plant has 700 employees, though there would be far fewer at the time of the search because it was an overnight shift.