High Speed Interstate Chase
A Milwaukee teenager was arrested Sunday afternoon after a high speed chase on the Interstate in Juneau County. The State Patrol Trooper said the radar showed an east bound car going 85mph near Camp Douglas. By the time he was able to pull away from the crossover, he lost sight of the black colored Nissan Juke. He caught up to the vehicle near mile marker 61 going 94mph. When the trooper passed the New Lisbon exit he activated the emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. But the vehicle did not stop and started to accelerate faster up to 120mph. A second trooper and a Mauston police officer exited the Mauston crossover in an attempt to slow down the Nissan Juke, but the driver braked and tried to swerve around the trooper’s cruiser. Trooper Ryan Rattunde then performed evasive maneuvers to prevent the driver from passing the state patrol car. The driver instead entered the median and continued to travel, jumped a culvert, and continued east. The car was approaching an overpass just before the Mauston exit. Trooper Rattunde then moved his cruiser to prevent the driver from traveling down a very steep embankment. The suspect car slid to the shoulder of the west bound traffic. The driver attempted to back up and go forward. That’s when Trooper Rattunde and Mauston Police Officer Mike Zilisch drew their firearms and directed the driver to stop. The female driver complied and she was escorted to the ground by Trooper Rattunde and Officer Zilisch escorted the passenger. The driver was identified as 17-year old Nia Robbins. She told the Trooper she did not have a driver’s license and the car was stolen. She admitted to smoking marijuana in the car and had paid $300 for it knowing it was stolen. A records check showed the car was stolen out-of Milwaukee. It was impounded and a search revealed a small baggy of marijuana. Robbins has been charged with attempting to flee a traffic officer, operating motor vehicle without owner’s consent, and failure to obey traffic officer. During a court hearing Tuesday, bail was set at a $10,000 signature bond.
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