SHEBOYGAN — A 61-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after leading deputies on a brief pursuit.
David A. Neese, who resides at 2836 South 14th Street in Sheboygan, was charged Monday with felony attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and misdemeanor resisting an officer. Neese works as a District Sales Manager at The Sheboygan Press.
According to the criminal complaint, a deputy conducted a traffic stop near Highway 57 at Gerber Lake Road in northern Sheboygan County on Saturday, February 10th for a defective headlight. Neese had gotten out of his vehicle and looked at his headlight, tapped on it, which made the light come back on.
Meanwhile, the deputy learned the Sheboygan Police Department was investigating a case of theft involving Neese where he had used a company card without their authorization, they wanted him taken into custody. The deputy told the Neese there was probable cause to arrest him, to which Neese stated he couldn’t be arrested because he was in a play. He said that he had a show the next day.
The deputy gave Neese the option of driving himself to the police department or being transported in the squad car. The man again refused. The deputy told Neese to step out of his vehicle, but instead of complying with the command, Neese stated he “didn’t have time for it now.” He stated he would turn himself in after the show.
Neese then drove off southbound on Highway 57.
The man then pulled over again just south of Green Tree Road on Highway 57 where the deputy had to use his squad PA system to order him to turn off the engine and step out of the car. Neese leaned out of the car window, said something, and then drove off again.
He was later arrested after pulling over near Highway 57 and County Road O.
Neese is scheduled to make an initial appearance on March 19th before Judge Daniel Borowski in Circuit Court Branch #5 for charges related to the weekend pursuit. No charges have been filed as of Monday relating to the credit card theft case.
Neese, who has been employed at The Sheboygan Press since January 2015 as a District Sales Manager, received probation in February 2014 for pawning church hand bells valued at $10,000. In that case, he reportedly took the bells from the First Presbyterian Church in Sheboygan and sold them on eBay.