Royalton man charged with fleeing an officer

Joshua Jay Zoccoli, 32, Royalton, has been charged with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

On July 28, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was told to find a Chevy Suburban and to perform a welfare check.

Officers went to Zoccoli’s location and followed the suspect vehicle down an exit ramp. When the squad’s red lights were activated, the suspect turned eastbound onto 183rd Street and did not pull over. The deputy turned on the siren and pursued the vehicle. Traveling up to 80 miles per hour, the vehicle stopped just short of stop sticks in the road.

Zoccoli exited the vehicle with a long gun, but dropped it when officers told him to.

He was arrested, but allegedly resisted being handcuffed and refused to cooperate with officers.

According to the criminal complaint, while at the sheriff’s office, Zoccoli admitted he saw the squad’s red lights and knew law enforcement was chasing him.

If convicted, Zoccoli faces a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and/or $5,000 fine.