By Mark Belling, WISN-AM
Despite being charged, in three separate cases with multiple felonies, an Oshkosh man is free again less than two months after leading authorities on a shocking high speed chase in Fond du Lac County. A YouTube video of the chase has already attracted hundreds of thousands of views. You can watch it here:
The 26 year old man charged in connection with the chase is facing multiples felonies. He is Tyler E. Glass, who has a current address in Oshkosh. It was the third felony incident involving Glass in two months. He was charged in June in Winnebago County with felony substantial battery causing bodily harm. He was released on a signature bond. Glass was arrested and charged August 12, also in Winnebago County, with felony narcotics possession and with bail jumping for violating the terms of his June bail. But Winnebago County authorities released him again on a signature bond (meaning he didn’t have to put up any cash).
Nine days later, Glass allegedly led authorities on the chase throughout Fond du Lac County in which he got away from officers who were chasing at 130 miles per hour. He was eventually arrested after wrecking his car.
Fond du Lac County Judge Tricia Walker, a Tony Evers appointee, set cash bail at $30,000. Glass posted that amount three weeks ago and is free again. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, the GOP candidate for attorney general, tells me his assistant asked for a higher cash bail of $50,000 but that the Evers-appointed judge lowered the amount.
Toney tells me he will now ask Winnebago County authorities to retroactively raise their bail on Glass given his new crimes.
Prior to his alleged 2022 crime spree, Glass served prison time for a 2019 Fond du Lac County vehicle theft felony.
DA Toney said he didn’t believe it would do any good to ask Judge Walker to set higher bail. Glass’ trial date in the Fond du Lac County case is early next year as are his dates for the Winnebago County cases. In the meantime, he’s free.
The issue of violent felons being released repeatedly on bail to commit new crimes has become one of the biggest issues in the Wisconsin elections for governor and US Senate.