Stephenson County man arrested for plowing through Beloit parade

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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR)-- "The kids are behind barricades, but they are in the street as well. So, it was very dangerous for them," said Tamsie Lamoreaux.

Courtesy: Stephenson County Jail

Many who gathered to enjoy a parade to kick off the holiday season could not predict what happened next.

Thousands were standing on sidewalks on either side of the parade route when a driver drove though the parade.

38 year-old Curtis Metz is now charged with reckless driving, driving without a license and impaired driving.

"The vehicle entered the parade route at a point where there was a gap between the curb and cone that allows for the floats to exit the parade," said Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski. "Officers immediately intervened, stopped the car and questioned him. They could tell that he appeared to be under the influence and as they tried to get him out of the vehicle he decided to flee."

"The parade was going this and he was coming this way... So, thankfully he didn't hit anyone," said City Of Beloit Communications Manager Sarah Millard.

This isn't his first run in with they law.

"He's been convicted of this before.. not only fleeing but drunk driving and possession of marijuana," said Zibolski.

After Metz was chased for several miles, he was stopped in Winnebago County just over the Illinois border.

Police say they don't think Metz intended to hurt anyone, but people of the community say they will be a lot more cautious.

"To have him do something like to our community is really unfortunate and upsetting... We have a strong community and we fight back," said Lamoreaux.

Online records show Metz is in custody at the Stephenson County Jail in Rockford awaiting extradition.