2 young motorcyclists arrested in Monroe County

Men arrested for fleeing an officer, recklessly endangering safety

Authorities arrested two motorcyclists for fleeing an officer and recklessly endangering safety.

Tomah police received reports of motorcycles driving at extremely high speeds early Friday morning.

While monitoring the area, a police officer saw two sport motorcycles on E. Clifton Street approaching Superior Avenue at a high rate of speed estimated at 60 mph in the posted 30 mph speed zone. Tomah police said the motorcycles accelerated and did not stop for a red light on Clifton Street at Superior Avenue.

Another police officer, about a half-mile west of the first officer saw the motorcycles approaching and got a speed reading of 101mph and 77 mph in the 45 mph speed zone. Tomah police pursued the motorcycles westbound on State Highway 16 while they asked for help from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Austin Anderson, 19, of rural Sparta, was detained by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department personnel on State Highway 16 at Hatbox Avenue after his motorcycle traveled into the ditch and rolled over. He declined medical attention.

About an hour later Cody Burton, 21, of Tomah, was arrested at a family member’s residence. Authorities found him hiding in a shed.

Anderson and Burton were booked at the Monroe County Jail. The Tomah Police Department said the investigation continues and additional citations are likely to be issued.