Wausau car-jacking suspect arrested in Hancock
A 46-year-old Milwaukee man was taken in to custody on Oct. 5 near Hancock after he stole a vehicle from a Wausau Subway with a female and minor child inside. The suspect, later identified as Mark Eliopulos, dropped the female and child off a few blocks away before fleeing with the vehicle, according to reports.
A Wisconsin State Patrol dispatch advised the Trooper monitoring I-39 that a stolen white 2015 Chevy Traverse SUV was heading southbound possibly near the Plover area, according to the criminal complaint from the Waushara County Clerk of Courts Office.
After noticing the white SUV matching the description of the stolen vehicle, the State Trooper drove behind the Traverse and found the plates matched those he was provided. As the trooper was in pursuit of the vehicle Eliopulos accelerated to 100 mph and then 105 mph near the Hancock exit ramp. Local law enforcement in contact with State Patrol attempted to deploy speed sticks in the left lane of I-39. The stop sticks were unsuccessful as Eliopulos entered the right lane and continued on, according to the complaint.
While traveling at speeds of 115 mph, the vehicles’ flashers began to activate began to slow down. The dispatchers told the trooper the stolen vehicle had On Star and was being remotely slowed. Eliopulos eventually pulled over to the shoulder of I-39 just north of County Highway C, exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.
While searching Eliopulos, law enforcement officers found a metal crack pipe, several used empty needles, a kitchen spoon with an unknown residual substance on it and a blue tie off.
Eliopulos has been charged in Marathon County with Take and Drive Vehicle without Consent, False Imprisonment and Bail Jumping-Misdemeanor, and was charged in Waushara County with Attempting to Flee or Allude a Traffic Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Eliopulos made his initial appearance in front of Waushara County Circuit Court Judge Guy Dutcher on Oct. 9. A status conference is scheduled for Oct. 26.