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Janesville man arrested after beating elderly mother

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Monday afternoon, around 3:30, Janesville police were sent to a home on Purvis Avenue for the report of a family problem.

When officers arrived, they found 31-year-old Andrew Churchwell had beaten his elderly mother.  There were reports Churchwell had firearms in the residence.

Churchwell had made threats with a firearm to harm himself and officers.  As police attempted to enter the home to rescue Churchwell's mother, the suspect came out the back door, jumped into his vehicle and fled at a high rate of speed.

Churchwell soon lost control of his vehicle, on W. Memorial.  His vehicle left the road and crashed into a bean field.  Churchwell was pinned, unconscious, but breathing, upon officers arrival.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

A search warrant was then executed at the home on Purvis where one firearm was recovered.

Churchwell faces a slew of charges: felon in possession of a firearm, battery/domestic violence/elder abuse, false imprisonment/domestic violence, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, disorderly conduct while armed/domestic violence, and reckless driving.  The Rock County Sheriff's Department investigated the accident and also charged Churchwell with OWI.


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