A 37 year old Appleton man who led police on a high speed chase in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties…slamming into a sheriff’s squad has entered a not guilty plea by reason of mental disease or defect. At a hearing Friday Judge Richard Nuss ordered a competency evaluation for Maxwell Verkuilen. Verkuilen is charged with recklessly endangering safety and attempting to flee an officer. Sheriff’s captain Rick Olig says the chase happened Monday evening March 3rd when the suspect’s vehicle was spotted on Highway 41 southbound near Highway 23. The vehicle turned northbound on 41, exited at County Highway B colliding
with a sheriff’s squad. The squad rolled over. The vehicle headed north on 175 into the city of Fond du Lac. The sheriff's deputy received non life-threatening injuries. The suspect's vehicle continued southbound on Highway 151 into Dodge County and eventually turned into a driveway off Oakwood Road, traveled around some outbuildings before being struck by a sheriff’s squad bringing the vehicle to a stop.