A Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a speeding driver on US Highway 8 on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022, about 6:00 PM. The fast driver was traveling westbound on Highway 8 when he passed the deputy. When the driver failed to stop for the deputy, a chase ensued. The fleeing vehicle took Highway 46 southward and sped quickly. After losing sight of the car, the deputy alerted an Amery Police Officer.
The fleeing driver ultimately went down a side street after passing the Amery Officer and resumed northbound travel on Highway 46. Tire deflation spikes were deployed by the deputy, but the fleeing car escaped them by driving across a yard. On Highway 46, the fleeing driver proceeded northward.
Another officer saw the fleeing motorist’s car driving on Highway 46 near Main Crossing Avenue, still going fast. At the intersection of Highway 46 and US Highway 8, the fleeing driver entered the roundabout. The fleeing car lost control and collided with a van at the roundabout, rolling it over. The fleeing motorist then got out of his car and started running.
After a brief foot pursuit, the fleeing driver was apprehended.
The vehicle that was hit had a large number of occupants. There were no significant injuries among the passengers. The passengers were taken by ambulance to local hospitals and then discharged.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Apple River Fire and First Responders, Amery Ambulance Service, Amery Police Department, and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office for their cooperation.