Officials respond to crash, high speed chase over the weekend

FLORENCE, Wis. – Deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department responded to two incidents over the weekend.

The first incident occurred Saturday at about 1 a.m. on West Paragon Meadows Road in Spread Eagle, Wis.

Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby reported that a 24-year-old Spread Eagle man had crashed his vehicle in the ditch. The man then wandered through the woods to U.S. 2, where deputies located him.

“During his walk through the snow in subzero temperatures, he had fallen more than 10 times,” said Rickaby. “He was inappropriately dressed, suffering from hypothermia and frostbite, and had a severe laceration on his nose from one of his falls.”

The man was brought to Dickinson County Hospital for treatment, and arrested for driving while intoxicated, said Rickaby.

The second incident occurred Sunday at about 5 p.m. on County Road N in Aurora, Wis.

Rickaby said that a deputy observed a vehicle that had a broken window covered with plastic that obstructed the driver’s view.

When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle sped up to about 60 miles per hour. After crossing into Kingsford, the vehicle reached speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Rickaby said that the vehicle proceeded toward a residential area, where speeds dropped to between 30 and 40 miles per hour.

The vehicle eventually stopped at the intersection of Breen Avenue and Parkway Street in Kingsford.

Rickaby said that the deputy observed the driver pounding his head against the steering wheel. The driver did not have a driver license and was on probation in Michigan, Rickaby added.

All occupants of the vehicle were juveniles. Two were taken into custody, and one was released to her parents.

No one was injured in the incident.