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Cop cars crash in early morning chase

A Wisconsin state trooper's car and Woodbury, Minn., police car were damaged in an early-morning chase last Saturday.

The St. Croix County sheriff's office said a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Woodbury police officer Jeff Grot, 47, was chasing a 2000 Dodge Durango down I-94 into Wisconsin at about 2:43 a.m. Feb. 9.

The Durango, driven by Jared G. Boucher, 29, Hudson, swerved around two stop sticks in the Hudson area. The pursuit continued with Wisconsin State Trooper Curtis Tomkowiak, 22, leading in a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria.

The sheriff's report said speed reached 80 mph. The Durango ran over a set of stop sticks about nine miles east of Hudson that deflated the two front tires. Boucher stopped at the 10.5-mile mark and blocked both lanes of traffic.

The Wisconsin trooper's car stopped behind and to the left of the Durango. Two St. Croix County squad cars assisting in the endeavor stopped behind and to the right of Boucher.

The Woodbury squad care was unable to stop and struck the state patrol vehicle in the rear, causing the trooper's car to spin around and strike the driver's side of the Durango.

Boucher was taken to Hudson Hospital with minor injuries, treated, released and booked into jail on various charges.

Tomkowiak and Gort were treated for minor injuries and released. Both squad cars were extensively damaged while the Durango suffered moderate damage, the sheriff said.