Man drives through local Holiday parade

A 38-year-old Darlington man is facing possible charges including Operating While Intoxicated-Fifth-Offense, after driving into the Beloit Grand Lighted Holiday Parade. City of Beloit spokesperson Sarah Millard says Curtis L. Metz drove past a police car with illuminated lights and through the barrier at Grand Avenue and Park Avenue a little before 7:00 p.m. Friday. An officer used his hands to hit the front of the suspect’s truck to get him to stop, but he refused to follow orders and drove off westbound onto the parade route. Other officers along the parade route attempted to wave him off, but he kept going. Officials say once off the parade route, a pursuit led into South Beloit where the suspect eventually drove into a corn field near Prairie and Rockton Roads and became stuck between two trees. Metz is also facing possible charges of Knowingly Fleeing an Officer, Obstructing an Officer, Driving After Revocation, and Reckless Driving. Metz is in custody in Winnebago County Illinois and will have to be extradited to Rock County.  No one was reported hurt.