Police arrest suspect in chase, crash in Chippewa Co.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A motorcyclist led Chippewa Falls police on a chase early Tuesday morning.

It began just before 2:00 a.m. at the intersection of Park Avenue and the northbound ramp of Highway 94.

A patrol sergeant spotted 33-year-old Joshua Worthington of Jim Falls tipped over on the bike. The sergeant stopped to check on him, but police say Worthington took off.

That sparked a chase through the city's South Side. Lake Hallie Police and the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office also joined in, during the 15 minute pursuit.

Eventually, Worthington crashed at railroad tracks east of Canal Street. He was arrested for fleeing police and operating under the influence. According to police, Worthington suffered a non-life threatening leg injury and was taken to the hospital.

No officers were injured in the chase, but one squad car has tire damage.

At 1:58 AM (June 3), Chippewa Falls Police Sgt Korry Boos attempted assist a motorcyclist he observed tipped over in the roadway near the intersection of Park Ave and the Hwy 124 northbound onramp, in the city of Chippewa Falls. As Sgt Boos stopped his marked patrol vehicle, this motorcyclist fled the scene and officers initiated a pursuit. Officers from the Chippewa Falls Police Department along with officers from the Lake Hallie Police Department and the Chippewa County Sheriffs Office gave chase for approximately 15 minutes. This pursuit, through the south side of the city of Chippewa Falls, came to an end as the motorcyclist attempted to flee from officers on the railroad tracks east of E Canal St, crashing at the railroad track interchange a short distance later.

The motorcyclist was then taken into custody and identified as Joshua J Worthington (12/30/80). He was found to have sustained an injury to his leg, requiring immediate medical attention. Chippewa Falls Emergency Medical Service transported Worthington to St Joseph's Hospital where he was treated. Here a legal blood draw was conducted to obtain evidence for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of an Intoxicant.

Worthington was taken into custody for Knowingly Fleeing an Officer as well as Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of an Intoxicant- 1st offense. Additional charges may be forwarded to the Chippewa County District Attorney's Office. Worthington was not transported to the Chippewa County Jail due to the fact he remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

No officers were injured during this event and stop sticks were not deployed. One of the Chippewa Falls Police Department marked patrol vehicle did sustain a flat tire.

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