Wisconsin troopers arrest several after two high-speed chases
Wisconsin State Patrol troopers were involved in two high-speed chases in western Wisconsin within about seven hours between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, including one that prompted drug charges and one that led to gun and drug charges.
A trooper tried to stop a westbound vehicle traveling at 111 p.m. on I-94 near mile post 56 on I-94 in Dunn County, north of Chippewa County, at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to a patrol news release.
A pursuit ensued, with the driver operating recklessly and hitting speeds up to 120 mph, according to the news release.
Troopers called off the pursuit when the vehicle neared a one-lane construction zone in Dunn County.
A short time later in St. Croix County, another law enforcement agency had contact with the same vehicle, triggering another pursuit. Tire deflation devices were deployed, and the car stopped at milepost 8, near the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.
Troopers removed five individuals from the vehicle arrested the driver. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of narcotics and other contraband, according to the State Patrol.
In the other chase, a trooper tried to stop a vehicle for speeding on westbound I-94 at milepost 88 in Trempealeau County, according to a news release.
The vehicle fled westbound but turned around in a crossover and headed eastbound around mile marker 82. The pursuit was terminated when visual observation was lost about 13 miles later.
A state patrol trooper in an airplane later spotted the vehicle — now traveling westbound on I-94 again — at mile marker 59. Another trooper in a cruiser located the vehicle about five miles later in Dunn County and began to pursue.
The chase continued westbound, until the suspect vehicle hit tire deflation devices that flattened the two front tires.
The vehicle exited and stopped in the parking lot of a manufacturing plant just north of the interstate in Menomonie.
The three occupants ran from the vehicle on foot but were arrested after a search.
Troopers found a loaded handgun in the vehicle and retrieved one that one of the occupants had thrown in to a ditch near where the pursuit ended.
Charges in the case include fleeing, a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, obstruction/resisting, speeding and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office and Menomonie Police Department assisted in the search and with the investigation, which is continuing.
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