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Man arrested for pickup theft, fleeing
Jason Melvin
Jason Melvin

MONROE — A Brooklyn man was arrested and jailed June 9 on charges that he stole a pickup truck and 32-foot flatbed trailer from a rural Monroe residence, according to the Green County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason L. Melvin, 42, Brooklyn, faces felony charges of knowingly fleeing an officer, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and bail jumping. The incident happened hours after he signed a bond in Green County Circuit Court on charges of THC and drug paraphernalia possession.

The theft of the 2016 Dodge 3500 pickup truck and attached trailer was reported at about 4:40 p.m. June 9 from a residence in the N2900 block of Monroe Sylvester Road, Town of Sylvester. The complainant reported last seeing the truck headed eastbound on Wisconsin 59.

“Not long after that our deputies sighted the vehicle in about the 2900 block of Purintun Road,” Chief Deputy Tom Moczynski said. The driver, later identified as Melvin, “refused to stop and led them on a short pursuit.”

Melvin then reportedly abandoned the truck and trailer in the Albany Wildlife Area on Tin Can Road near Zurfluh Road and fled on foot.

With the help of Green County’s K-9 team and Monticello and Monroe police, deputies located Melvin in the area at about 6:10 p.m. He had a probation hold placed on him by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and was also cited for unsafe lane deviation and driving at an unreasonable and imprudent speed.

The area is “very rural, very undeveloped,” so “for the size area, it was a pretty short time frame” to locate Melvin, Moczynski said.

Calling the incident “not your typical stolen vehicle report,” Moczynski said the theft “appears to be a crime of opportunity” and not targeted. The pickup truck and trailer were recovered and returned to the owner.