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Foot chase in Roberts leads to arrest, charges

A western Wisconsin man was arrested after allegedly leading officers on a foot chase for nearly a mile Tuesday in Roberts.

According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called at about 6:40 p.m. to assist Wisconsin State Patrol troopers with a driver who had fled his vehicle on foot along Highway 65 near 70th Avenue.

Sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said deputies helped establish a search perimeter after getting word that the fleeing man was on probation for a felony.

A sheriff’s K-9 team tracked the man’s scent for 0.70 miles, which led to a Cemstone facility. Knudson said the dog led officers toward a structure inside the facility, where the man was found and taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect, Shawn J. Norman of Haugen -- a community just north of Rice Lake -- was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanors: resisting or obstructing an officer, operating while revoked and misdemeanor bail jumping. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack ordered Norman to post $500 cash bond his initial appearance Wednesday.

The 26-year-old’s criminal history includes a 2015 conviction in Barron County for felony auto theft and OWI-third offense, a misdemeanor. His convictions also include one in 2013 for misdemeanor theft.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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