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High speed chase ensues after gas drive-off

BALDWIN -- A gas drive-off in Eau Claire led to a high speed chase west on Interstate-94 early Monday morning, which ultimately ended near the Baldwin exit.

Wisconsin State Patrol troopers tried to stop three vehicles from a gas drive-off at 2:30 a.m. The vehicles pulled into the rest area heading west on I-94 to Menomonie before continuing at speeds reaching up to 110 mph.

One of the vehicles, a Buick Enclave, was reportedly stolen. Two Honda Accords suspected in the drive-off also fled the scene.

The Buick was stopped after running over a tire deflation device at mile marker 19 near Baldwin. A 16-year-old Minnesota teen was taken into custody.

One of the Hondas was seen in the traffic backup caused by the incident; an 18-year-old Minnesota teen was also taken into custody. The names are being withheld at this time pending further investigation.

Charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, felony fleeing and reckless driving are pending for both suspects. The 18-year-old is being housed at St. Croix County Jail, while the juvenile is in a secure detention facility.

The third vehicle, the other Honda Accord, and its driver remain at large.  

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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