On Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 2:30 AM, a Monroe County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle traveling at approximately 120 mph on Interstate 90 near the 25 mile marker eastbound. When the Deputy turned on his emergency lights and siren the operator the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle slowed and exited at the 28 mile marker, crossed STH 16 and then continued back onto Interstate 90 eastbound.  Speeds over 100 mph were reached by the suspect.  Spike strips were successfully deployed by a Tomah Officer and the vehicle eventually slowed before driving off the road at the 40 mile marker where it struck the interstate fence.

The vehicle began smoking and flames became visible. Two dogs exited the vehicle and they were later safely caught and brought to the Monroe County Animal Shelter for care.   The driver had to be physically removed from the vehicle by Officers before it became engulfed in flames.  The male suspect was taken into custody and transported to Sparta Mayo Hospital by the Tomah Area Ambulance Service. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was a 2008 GMC Acadia, which had been stolen out of the State of Colorado.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Sparta Police Department, Tomah Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Oakdale Fire Department, Oakdale First Responders, Tomah Area Ambulance Service and the Monroe County 911 Communications Center.

The matter remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.