Vang reaches plea deal in Florence for chase


FLORENCE, Wis. — A Green Bay, Wis., man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through three counties and throwing drugs out of the moving vehicle accepted a plea deal Tuesday recommending he spend three years in prison and five years on extended supervision for his Florence County charges.

However, 33-year-old Ziak Vang’s legal issues are far from over. He was arraigned later in the day on seven additional felony and misdemeanor charges out of Dickinson County.

Vang’s deal in Florence County takes cases in all three counties into account, defense attorney Daryl Waters explained. 

Vang pleaded no contest there to possession with intent to deliver amphetamine, a 25-year felony, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a 3.5-year felony, both as a party to a crime. Other people were in Vang’s vehicle the night of the chase, but they haven’t yet been charged.

Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler dismissed a felony charge of flee or elude a police officer and agreed not to re-file it as long as Vang pleads to a fleeing charge in Dickinson County. 

Marinette County has agreed not to file charges in the incident, Waters said.

Florence County Judge Leon Stenz noted he has no control over what Dickinson County or Marinette County authorities decide to do with their cases, and he doesn’t have to go along with the sentencing recommendation of the plea deal.

Still, Vang decided to move forward with the deal rather than go to trial next week.

Stenz set sentencing for Nov. 14 in Florence County Court. 

In Dickinson County, Vang has an Oct. 24 probable cause conference and an Oct. 30 preliminary examination on possession of methamphetamine, a 10-year felony; two counts of fleeing a police officer-third degree, a five-year felony; tampering with evidence, a four-year felony; resisting or obstructing a police officer, a two-year felony; possession of marijuana, a one-year misdemeanor; reckless driving, a 93-day misdemeanor; and a habitual offender-second status, which increases the maximum penalties by 1.5 times.

Iron Mountain officers said they chased Vang’s vehicle on the night of May 13 from the Midtown Mall area to Carpenter Avenue and then south onto County Road N in Aurora, Wis., where Florence County deputies joined the pursuit.

Vang’s vehicle led police through Florence County and into Marinette County, where Marinette County deputies later arrested Vang near Jackson Pine Lane in the town of Amberg, according to the police report.

Iron Mountain officers went back to County Road B in Florence County, where they believe Vang threw items from his vehicle, and recovered a small bag of clear crystals they believed to be methamphetamine and a glass marijuana pipe, the report stated.