Man nabbed at gunpoint charged in beating, chase

Port resident is accused of attacking woman while she held infant, racing through county at more than 100 mph
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A 31-year-old man was charged Tuesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with beating and choking the mother of their 10-month-old son while she was holding the infant at her Port Washington home, then leading authorities on a wild, high-speed chase through much of Ozaukee County last weekend. 

Dijon L. Carter, who was arrested at gunpoint at a Saukville restaurant a day after the chase, faces a litany of charges, including 13 felonies.

Carter, who lists a Port Washington address, was free on bail at the time in connection with three cases in Marinette County charging him with 12 felony drug and bail jumping charges.

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Steve Cain set Carter’s bail at $50,000 Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a Port Washington home on Saturday, Oct. 15, where they found a woman who had bloody marks and scratches on her face and neck and was holding a young child.

The woman told officers that Carter is the father of her child and that he had lived with her in Port until April. On Saturday, she said, she picked him up in Green Bay and drove him to her house so he could retrieve his car.

At her house, Carter told the woman he wanted nothing to do with her or their child. The woman said she told Carter she was going to take a photo of him with the child and send it to his new girlfriend, the complaint states.

The woman said Carter became angry and demanded she give him her phone. She said he pushed her over the couch, causing her to fall onto her back, smashed her head into a wall three times, choked her twice, kicked her in the face and hit her, according to the complaint.

The woman said she eventually gave Carter her phone and told him the pass code. He looked at it, threw it on the ground and left the house.

The woman said she was holding her child throughout the attack and that the infant suffered a bump on its head. Both the woman and the child were taken by ambulance to a hospital.

The woman told officers that Carter was driving a 2012 black Chevrolet Impala, which a sheriff’s deputy spotted speeding south on I-43 at Highway 33 in Saukville. The deputy tried but could not catch up to Carter.

A motorist on I-43 reported that the Impala passed her traveling at speeds of 90 to 100 mph while weaving through traffic.

Another driver said he saw the car traveling at speeds he estimated to be more than 100 mph on I-43 before exiting the freeway at Highway 60 in Grafton.

Carter drove west into Grafton and was next spotted at Pioneer and North Port Washington roads in the Town of Cedarburg by a deputy who said the Impala drove toward him at speeds of 85 to 95 mph and blew through a red light, almost hitting another vehicle.

The deputy said he chased Carter as he sped south on North Port Washington Road, but even at speeds of nearly 100 mph he could not catch up to him, the complaint states.

Carter’s vehicle was seen in Mequon and by Bayside police but got away.

The next day, on Sunday Oct. 16, a deputy who had been told by Port Washington police that Carter might be driving his girlfriend’s car spotted that vehicle exiting I-43 in Saukville and pulling into the parking lot of a Subway restaurant.

Carter got out of the passenger side of the car and, after the deputy activated his squad car’s emergency light, ran into the restaurant, ignoring the deputy’s orders to stop.

As the deputy ran after him, Carter grabbed a woman from behind and positioned her between him and the deputy, who drew his gun, ordered Carter to the ground and arrested him, according to the complaint.

Carter is charged in Ozaukee County with two counts of first-degree endangering safety, two counts of strangulation and suffocation, battery, obstructing an officer and eight counts of bail jumping.

In Marinette County, Carter faces charges involving the possession of heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and marijuana.

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