SHAWANO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A man involved in a series of vehicle thefts and disturbances, including slamming into police cars while being chased on Sunday, remains at large in Shawano County.
The Sheriff's Department is looking for 26-year-old Calvin Ossmann. Authorities say Ossmann was driving a stolen semi tractor Sunday. When cops tried to stop the vehicle near Marion around 4:15 p.m., they say Ossmann led them on a chase.
"The speeds that he'd be running stop signs with this semi was very high rate," says Shawano County Sheriff Randall Wright. "If somebody would've been coming through those intersections at that time, I fear there would've been fatalities."
During the chase, authorities say Ossmann backed the semi into one of the patrol cars twice. The chase ended when the semi crashed into a tree around 5:30 p.m. and they say Ossmann ran off.
"Part of our problem of losing him was when the rain storm came in, we had a heavy rain storm that moved in for about an hour, hour-and-a-half," says Sheriff Wright. "That is what hindered us and allowed him to get away."
Officials would not say where the crash happened because they are still investigating the situation.
The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department describes Ossmann as about 5’11” and 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Wright says Ossmann has cut his hair since the above mug shot was taken and is now more clean-shaven. Officials ask that you call the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 526-3111 if you see Ossmann or know where he might be.
Until then, Wright advises residents to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables from plain sight. Also, if you spot Ossmann or come into contact with him, Wright says you shouldn't approach him as he may be armed.
Meantime, 12 charges have been filed against Ossmann. They include stealing a vehicle, criminal damage to property, and fleeing officers.