Man arrested after driving through barricade into Beloit’s holiday parade

UPDATE (WKOW) — A 38-year-old Darlington man was arrested after he drove into the City of Beloit’s annual Grand Lighted Holiday Parade.

According to a Facebook post from the City of Beloit Police Department, the driver was identified as Curtis L. Metz.

Authorities say Metz drove past a squad with illuminated lights and through a barricade at Grand Avenue and Park Avenue in the City of Beloit.

One officer at the barricade used his hands to hit the front of the Metz’s truck to get Metz to stop.

Once Metz stopped, he refused to follow orders or speak with police and instead took off westbound into the parade route, according to the City of Beloit Police Department. 

Police followed Metz in an attempt to steer him out of the parade route. 

Authorities say he was not pursued into the parade route.

Once Metz was out of the parade route, officers attempted to use stop sticks to stop his truck.

Metz drove to South Beloit before he went into a cornfield near Prairie and Rockton roads in Winnebago County, IL.

Metz was arrested and is facing charges of operating while intoxicated-fifth offense, knowingly fleeing an officer, driving after revocation, obstructing an officer and reckless driving.

No injuries occurred during this incident.

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