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Fralick waives prelim, enters not guilty plea in elderly battery, fleeing police case

November 08, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

The Lac du Flambeau man who led local authorities on a high speed chase and an out-of-state extradition earlier this fall was in Vilas County Circuit Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing. 

Christopher Fralick, 40, waived his right to the hearing before Judge Neal Nielsen with defense attorney, Chad Lynch. The judge found enough probable cause against Fralick on two counts aggravated battery of an elderly person with domestic abuse enhancers as well as attempting to flee/elude officers, second degree recklessly endanger safety and disorderly conduct domestic abuse.

Fralick pled not guilty to all counts. 

Lynch further requested a bond modification, lowering it from $50,000 cash. Martha Milanowski, district attorney, objected. Nielsen opted to lower the bond to $5,000 cash with the conditions Fralick not have abusive contact with the victims, maintain sobriety, not have any firearms or knives and provide written confirmation he is welcome to stay at a Minocqua home. Lynch noted his client plans to work full time in the area. Fralick also must adhere to a curfew. 

The charges stem from an incident where Fralick’s parents told police he’d been acting strangely and then threatened to beat both of them before knocking them to the ground and taking off in his car. Fralick went on to purchase a machete, two axes and a crossbow at Minocqua’s Wal-Mart, based on the criminal complaint. 

When police tried to pull Fralick over on Old Abe Road, a high-speed chase ensued with several agencies in pursuit. Police backed off when speeds became too dangerous for public safety, and Fralick got away. Fralick was apprehended in Pennsylvania a few days later. 

A pre-trial conference is the next court action Dec. 12. 

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