Prison time for man who led police on 120 mph chase in Oneida CountySubmitted: 07/11/2018
Prison time for man who led police on 120 mph chase in Oneida County
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

RHINELANDER - A Madison man led police on a 120-mile-an-hour chase, stole a car from a driveway, and tried to run from police twice last October in Oneida County.

Twenty-six-year-old Sanome Wheelock was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for those crimes on Wednesday.

"You're not here for any other homicide charges, lucky for you. It's not because you didn't try," said Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia. "You could have killed your aunt, you could have killed anybody else in the roadway, you could have killed anything else, including yourself."

While driving drunk, Wheelock also tried to ram an Oneida County Sheriff's squad car. Police finally found him trying to hide in the woods near Lake Tomahawk.

"You attempt to pass another vehicle on the shoulder. That's always a smart move," said O'Melia.

In court, Wheelock apologized for his actions.

"I just regret everything I did that night," he said.

"What he wants to do is prove his sobriety, prove that he can be a good member of society when he is sober and is being treated for his mental health issues," said Wheelock's attorney, Breanna Magallones.

Wheelock will get credit for serving more than eight months in jail during the case.

He's also facing several charges in other counties.

Wheelock has 58 criminal counts against him in Shawano County, most for theft and burglary, and 15 counts in Langlade County on similar crimes.

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