One of the accused defendants involved in a high-speed chase earlier this year recently had all charges dismissed against her in Vilas County Circuit Court.
Raymond Zortman, Jr., 28, Lac du Flambeau, and Kelsi Tappa, 24, Eagle River, were extradited to Wisconsin from Michigan after they fled there following Zortman’s refusal to pull over for police during an attempted traffic stop Jan. 9.
Zortman was driving then-girlfriend Tappa’s car in Eagle River that day, taking police on a high-speed chase on State Highway 70, sometimes at more than 100 mph, based on police reports.
After being found in Michigan, Tappa was charged with felony harboring/aiding a felon and two counts felony bail jumping, all as a repeat offender while Zortman was charged with vehicle driver eluding officer and recklessly endangering safety, both felonies.
In court Friday, Feb. 7, Judge Neal Nielsen heard a motion to dismiss the case against Tappa from her attorney, Chad Lynch. Lynch argued in his motion Tappa was merely a passenger while Zortman drove. Tappa “… was an innocent bystander that did not actively aid or assist at all …,” Lynch noted.
The state, unable to meet its burden of proof, was moved to be dismissed by District Attorney Martha Milanowski.
Zortman, still awaiting appointment of a public defender, had another adjourned initial appearance set for this week. He is in jail on a $10,000 cash bond. He may not have contact with Tappa, based on that bond.Abigail Bostwick may be reached at [email protected].