19-year old leads police on high speed chase

By: Megan Lowry Email
By: Megan Lowry Email

TREMPEALEAU, Wis -- A 19-year-old is in jail after leading officers on a high speed chase through Trempealeau County and hitting a squad car twice.

Austin Ratkus was arrested late Saturday night. The Trempealeau Police Department says officers attempted to pull Ratkus over for traffic violations but instead of stopping he sped up. Police say the chase lasted around 17 minutes and speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour. During the chase, Ratkus hit a squad car twice. Police say there were three passengers in the vehicle and they all jumped out during the pursuit. No one was hurt.

Eventually Ratkus pulled over and was arrested. The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department and Galesville Police Department helped Trempealeau Police during the chase.

Ratkus is being held in the Trempealeau County Jail.

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