Hunter M. Gosh. (Courtesy Portage Co. Jail)

Teen arrested following vehicle pursuit—on Green Circle Trail

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By Brandi Makuski

A Stevens Point teenager has landed in some hot water after police say he fled from officers in his car on a section of the Green Circle Trail.

Hunter M. Gosh, 19, was arrested on Dec. 7. He appeared for a bond hearing on Dec. 8 by video from the Portage Co. Jail before Judge Michael Zell.

Gosh was represented for the hearing by attorney Taylor Soule from the public defender’s office.

According to Assistant District Attorney Jedidiah Dodge, a Stevens Point police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, activating his lights and sirens, at about 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday after observing a vehicle driving 59 miles an hour in a 35-mile-an-hour zone on River View Ave.

The motorist, later identified as Gosh, did not stop for the officer and drove “onto the Green Circle Trail itself” at River View Ave. and West River Dr.

Dodge said the officer followed Gosh, locating Gosh’s vehicle a short time later, parked on the GCT with its lights off. As the officer’s squad approached the car, Gosh put the vehicle into reverse and began driving backward, at speeds of up to speeds of 40 miles an hour.

Police eventually located Gosh’s vehicle parked behind a home on the 400 block of West Clark St. Gosh identified himself with an occupational license, Dodge said, and reportedly admitted to fleeing officers because he only had an occupational driver’s license and “believed he would be arrested” for operating a motor vehicle on the city streets.

Gosh faces a charge of fleeing or eluding an officer.

The Green Circle is a 27-mile scenic hiking and biking trail that loops through the Stevens Point area and connects with over 45 miles of additional trails.

Dodge said because of Gosh’s age and lack of criminal record, he’s likely not a flight risk and requested a $2,500 signature bond.

Even though Soule did not object to Dodge’s bond request, Judge Zell ordered a $1,000 signature bond, with conditions that Gosh remains living with his parents, does not drive unless he has a valid license, and that he only drives as allowed with his occupational license.

Gosh returns to court for an initial appearance on Jan. 3.