On October 16, 2013 at 2:40 am, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Phil Baumgartner was patrolling State Hwy 60 in the area of the Horse Shoe Tavern. The deputy noticed a vehicle pull in behind the tavern, and shut off their lights. Deputy Baumgartner turned around to check on the vehicle and met a 2006 van leaving the parking lot. Deputy Baumgartner stopped the van in front of the Horse Shoe Tavern on Hwy 60.
During the traffic stop, the driver a 16-year-old male from Blue River speed away from the deputy and traveled east on State Hwy 60. Deputy Baumgartner pursued after the vehicle for an estimated one mile with speeds ranging from 25 mph to 65 mph; before the pursuit ended one tenth of a mile east of Bush Hollow Rd
The driver and his passenger, a 16-year-old female from Warrens, Wis. were taken into custody without further incident.
Upon further investigation, it was found that both juveniles where runaways from a juvenile center in La Crosse. It was also discovered that the 2006 van they were occupying was stolen from a storage unit in Shelby Township in La Crosse County.
The male was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in La Crosse and is being referred for charges of fleeing an officer and operating a vehicle with a revoked license. Shelby Township Police Dept. is possibly charging the 16 year old male with operating a vehicle without owner’s consent.
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