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Wild 53-Mile High Speed Chase In Wisconsin Ends With Arrest Of Minnesota Woman

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 8:59 am

It took ten law enforcement agencies to put an end to a high-speed chase that spanned 53 miles of Wisconsin roads in our listening area. A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was also called into action, but despite all of this – at last check – the driver is still on the loose.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it all began late Tuesday night in the Village of Osceola when a police officer stopped an SUV for a traffic violation.

Upon approaching the stopped vehicle, the vehicle sped off in an attempt to get away from the officer. The fleeing vehicle ran northbound on HWY 35 from Osceola and, according to the news release, immediately began driving recklessly in the wrong lane of traffic.

Over the next 41 minutes, the driver eluded deputies from Polk, Burnett, and Barron Counties, officers from St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Luck, and Amery, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Officers made several attempts to deploy road spikes to stop the offender, however the driver was able to avoid those spikes and keep driving.

Meanwhile, during the chase numerous items were thrown out of the vehicle at the officers giving chase including a spare tire and a full tool box.

The release says that 53 miles later, the chase ended in a farm field in Lorain Township where the vehicle stopped and the occupants ran. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports that one passenger, 22-year-old Tanya St. John of Hinckley, MN, was found by a K9 and arrested. A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter searched for others using an infrared camera, but no one else was caught.

St. John faces possible charges of recklessly endangering safety and resisting arrest, and officers are still looking for the other occupants in the car including the driver.

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