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LATEST: Judge sets $100,000 bond for man suspected of hit and run


LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) -- Exactly a week after that Antigo area crash, Joseph Thomas is charged. According to police the 30-year-old Kronenwetter man says he was lost when he hit Wissbroecker from behind on Highway 64.

Police say he left Wissbroecker on the side of the road and went to a local bar to change his flat tire. The Assistant District Attorney is asking the Langlade County Judge for a cash bond of a $100,000 because of his multiple attempts to avoid police.

"While he was getting that tire changed at the bar, there were ambulances and emergency vehicles going by," explained Assistant District Attorney Scott Moller. "And the allegation is he parked his vehicle in a place where it wouldn't be seen from the roadway and stood behind the vehicle while the emergency vehicles were going by."

Police say they don't know if he was drinking at the time of the accident, but witnesses who saw Thomas at the bar shortly after say he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

The criminal complaint also says when police went to talk to Thomas at his place of employment he hid in a back room with the lights off.

Thomas faces more than 35 years behind bars if convicted of all three felony counts.


LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) -- A Mosinee man is being held on a $100,000 cash bond after police say he was involved in a hit and run accident.

Joseph W Thomas, 30, appeared in Langlade County court on charges of:

--Causing great bodily harm by reckless/negligent driving

--First degree recklessly endangering safety Hit and run injury accident

--Operating without a valid driver's license

Thomas is accused of hitting Tim Wissbrocker, 26, while he was biking from Wausau to Antigo on Highway 64. In a press conference, Monday afternoon, officials said they thought a cash bond was necessary because Thomas was seeking to avoid detection on 2 occasions.

According to the criminal complaint, there are allegations that Thomas had a flat tire the night of the accident and hid as it was being changed while ambulances drove by. On a separate occasion, officials went to Thomas' place of employment and allege he hid in the closet of a back room with the lights off. The Langlade County Sheriff's Department says they are confident that Thomas was the sole occupant of the vehicle on July 5th, but the incident remains under investigation.

Newsline 9's Colby Robertson was in Langlade County court where court officials say Thomas could potentially face more than 30 years in prison. Stay tuned to for the very latest on this case.

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