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Man sentenced for driving drunk into Beloit's holiday parade in 2019

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BELOIT (WREX) — A man has been sentenced to four years in prison after police say he drove drunk through Beloit's holiday parade in 2019. 

Police say Curtis Metz drove past a squad with illuminated lights and through the barrier at Grand Avenue and Park Avenue.

One of our officers used his hands to hit the front of the suspect’s truck to get him to stop. Once stopped, the suspect refused to follow orders or speak with officers and instead took off westbound into the parade route.

Beloit police officers followed him due to the dangerous circumstances in an attempt to steer the vehicle out of the parade route.

Once he was out of the parade route, officers attempted to use stop sticks to stop the vehicle, police say.

The vehicle traveled into South Beloit until it went into a cornfield near Prairie and Rockton roads in Winnebago County, where it was stopped between two trees.

Metz was sentenced in late October 2021 to four years in prison after pleading guilty to operating while intoxicated-fifth offense, vehicle operator flee/elude officer, and first degree recklessly endangering safety.

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