Man riding bike arrested, charged

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Some residents may have seen or awaken by a Winnebago police car pursuing someone in the southwest part of town late Thursday night.

The squad’s emergency lights and siren were activated as it followed the suspect who rode down alleys, several streets and yards.

At one point the pursuit went between two houses on First Avenue Southwest before the suspect was apprehended —- a male riding a bicycle.

According to a press release issued by the police department, around 11:11 p.m. officer Jacob Pettit saw a male riding a bicycle on Third Street Southwest without reflectors or a headlight.

“Officer Pettit turned his vehicle around to speak with the man, however, he noticed the officer and began to pedal faster,” says the press release.

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Michael Pepin of Fairmont, who was taken into custody with the assistance of two other men.

Pepin reportedly was stopped on the 200 block of First Avenue Southwest and arrested by Pettit.

After further investigation, says the press release, Pepin was given a citation for misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer and was released.

Pepin could face a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. His next court appearance is scheduled by July 27.

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