Women lead cops on chase from Belgium to Port

Late-night pursuit on Highway LL comes to bizarre end after officers shatter one driver’s window, convinces other to give up

Jennifer Deskins (left) and Jessalyn Zubia
Ozaukee Press staff

Two women, each driving a vehicle with Tennessee license plates, have been charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with leading authorities on a Friday night, Aug. 10, chase that began in Belgium and ended in bizarre fashion in Port Washington, where one of the women drove her sport utility vehicle onto the front yard of a home.

 After the driver of that vehicle, 34-year-old Jennifer L. Deskins of Cypress, Ala., refused an officer’s commands to get out of the vehicle and he smashed the driver’s side window with his baton, Deskins sprinkled herself with shards of broken glass, yelled nonsensical words and phrases and told another officer who she accused of being a warlock that she would show him “real magic,” according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

Deskins is charged with one felony count of fleeing an officer and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

Jessalyn S. Zubia, 29 of Cleveland, Tenn., who was arrested in Port Washington a short time after authorities caught up to Deskins, is also charged with fleeing an officer and one misdemeanor count of possession of the active chemical in marijuana.

 The chase began at about 11:15 p.m. after an Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a SUV that was reportedly swerving and nearly hit another vehicle at Highway LL and Peter Thein Avenue, according to the complaint.

Deskins, the driver of the SUV, immediately demanded to see the deputy’s identification. When he pointed to the badge on his uniform, Deskins said, “That’s not gonna work” and drove off, the complaint states.

Without his squad car’s emergency lights activated, the deputy followed Deskins as she drove south on Highway LL, maneuvering around other vehicles and driving on the gravel shoulder at times.

At the intersection of Highway LL and Wisconsin Street in Port Washington, Deskins passed several cars and continued on Highway LL.

As Deskins approached the intersection with Highway KK, a vehicle driven by Zubia pulled up next to Deskins’ SUV and the two drove side-by-side with their hazard lights activated.

Authorities tried unsuccessfully to stop Deskins’ vehicle with tire spikes near Highway KK and again north of the Grand Avenue roundabout, where she drove onto a sidewalk near where a deputy was standing, according to the complaint.

The two vehicles entered the roundabout and, after nearly hitting a squad car, drove east on Grand Avenue, then turned onto side streets.

 Deskins eventually turned into the front yard of a house on High Street, where officers confronted her and a deputy broke the window of her SUV. She refused to obey their commands to get out of the vehicle and said only God, not police officers, have authority over her, the complaint states.

Officers suspected Deskins was either intoxicated or suffering from a mental health issue and eventually called for an ambulance because she had apparently cut herself when handling the broken glass from her SUV window.

When the ambulance arrived, Deskins continued to be combative and said she could not go into the ambulance because it was against her religion and she would go to hell if she did so. Eventually, she was sedated.

 Deskins was taken to a nearby hospital, where she demanded to call her fiance, who she said was driving the other vehicle. Later, when she was told she would be taken to the county jail, Deskins resisted. It took four officers to carry her to a squad car.

Meanwhile, another sheriff’s deputy spotted Zubia’s vehicle stopped with its headlights on at Third and Garfield avenues in Port Washington. The officer activated his car’s emergency lights and called out to Zubia, who turned her car lights off and drove away.

She drove about three blocks and stopped, but did not acknowledge an officer’s orders to turn off the vehicle and drop the keys out the window.

At the same time, an officer who was at the scene of Deskins’ arrest figured out that Deskins and Zubia had been using two-way radios to communicate. He used a radio found in Deskins’ SUV to contact Zubia and tell her to get out of her vehicle. She did and was arrested.

In Zubia’s car, authorities found several knives and a small container of hemp oil that tested positive for the active chemical in marijuana.

During a court hearing on Monday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland set bail for Deskins and Zubia at $5,000 each and ordered them not to possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.


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