(Beaver Dam) Two people fleeing Beaver Dam police were seriously injured after crashing their vehicle into a truck on Highway 151 Thursday morning. Officers were called to an in-progress retail theft at a business in the 1800 block of North Spring Street around 8:25am. The person reporting the crime said that one male and one female were putting items into garbage cans and removing them from the store.
Chief John Kreuziger says the first officer on scene observed both individuals put the stolen items into their vehicle and that the suspects refused the officers commands to stop. Three individuals fled in the vehicle southbound on Spring Street. The pursuit eventually exited the city on Highway W and was later terminated when officers lost sight of the vehicle. A Beaver Dam officer found the vehicle stopped at 201 South Spring Street at around 8:43am. At that time, the officer arrested the original driver of the pursuit. The other occupants refused commands to stop, and a female fled in the vehicle with a male passenger.
The suspects traveled at a high rate of speed down South Spring Street, refusing to stop. Chief Kreuziger says the State Patrol then initiated a second pursuit of the vehicle which continued onto the northbound off-ramp to Highway 151 at County Highway G. The driver continued at a high rate of speed southbound in the northbound lanes. The State Patrol continued to follow the vehicle until the suspect lost control and crashed into a northbound truck, near County DE.
The female driver and male passenger in the suspect vehicle sustained critical injuries and were transported from the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured. The suspect vehicle had been reported stolen from Portage and the woman driving had multiple warrants for her arrest. All three suspects are facing multiple offenses. The Beaver Dam Police Department was assisted in the original pursuit by deputies from the Dodge County Sheriffs Office. During the second pursuit, the Wisconsin State Patrol was assisted by the Beaver Dam Police Department and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.