Highway 53 chase ends at spikes

David Wangerin

A fleeing suspect led police on a northbound car chase last weekend that stretched for 9 miles on Hwy. 53 and reached upwards of 100 mph.

The criminal complaint filed Oct. 7 states a Chetek police officer attempted to pull a vehicle over for a defective driver's side tail lamp around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The driver, David W. Wangerin of Superior, did not pull over on Hwy. I but instead merged onto Hwy. 53 at mile marker 127 and accelerated.

According to court documents, the police car had its lights flashing and was traveling 96 mph by mile marker 131 to keep pace with the suspect.

A Cameron police officer and a Barron County Sheriff's Department deputy both placed separate spike strips near the Hwy. 53 overpass of Hwy. 8.

The vehicles hit 100 mph as they approached the overpass.

The Chetek officer behind the fleeing vehicle began decelerating as flashing police squad lights became visible near mile marker 135.

The suspect's vehicle hit both sets of spikes, and its tires deflated. The driver pulled over near mile marker 136.

The Chetek officer made it past the first set of spikes, but not the second.

Both the suspect's car and the officer's squad had to be towed from the scene.

According to police, Wangerin said he had just wanted to go home and just hadn't wanted to pull over.

The complaint states Wangerin, 43, did not perform well on the field sobriety tests and blew a blood alcohol test of .115.

Wangerin was charged with felony fleeing in a vehicle from police and misdemeanor third offense operating while intoxicated.

The felony is punishable by a fine of less than $10,000, up to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment or both.

Wangerin is being held on a $1,000 cash bond.

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