NEW INFORMATION: State Hwy. 27 re-opened near scene of crash; chase suspect arrested

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A stretch of State Highway 27 near Holcombe is now open again.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reported that the highway was open just before 4:45 p.m. Thursday. It had been closed for nearly seven hours as crews investigated a crash that happened after police chased a car through two counties. Deputies say Jason Bremer, 27, of Ladysmith led investigators on a high-speed chase from the Sheldon area, to highway 27 near Holcombe. That's where they say his SUV rolled.

He was arrested, and taken to the hospital with injuries. A gun belonging to Bremer was recovered at the scene. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said shots were fired somewhere along the line, but that it's unclear who fired them.
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- The suspect arrested after a chase and crash Thursday morning was taken to the hospital with injuries.

On Thursday afternoon, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk identified him as Jason Bremer, 27, of Ladysmith. Charges have not been filed in the case. The sheriff says several potential felony and misdemeanor charges are pending in both Chippewa and Rusk County. Bremer also has a history of several convictions stemming from traffic violations.

The sheriff also released a picture of the SUV involved in the chase. He says the gun shown between the two orange cones in the photo belonged to Bremer.
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (CHIPPEWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- At 9:29am this morning the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance in regard to a vehicle pursuit that their Patrol Division was involved in approaching the Chippewa County Line south of the Village of Sheldon, WI. The Rusk County Deputies indicated that speeds over 100 miles per hour were taking place during the pursuit.

The pursuit was monitored by Chippewa County Communications Center and officers from Chippewa County were dispatched to assist. Information provided by Rusk County Deputies was that the individual was armed and threatening to shoot himself and whoever was interfering.

The pursuit continued on CTH D in Rusk County to S-HWY 27, the Rusk County Deputies then advised Chippewa County that they were entering Chippewa County and requested the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Deputies to apply stop sticks to disable the south bound vehicle.

The pursued vehicle traveling south bound on S-HWY 27 then approached a Chippewa County Squad who was parked on the east shoulder of S-HWY 27. Prior to passing our squad the vehicle turned around and headed back north of S-HWY 27 entering the east ditch and eventually driving out. The vehicle was then disabled when it struck or was struck by the pursuing Rusk County Squad. The vehicle then overturned in the east ditch and the fleeing subject was apprehended.

The investigation of the incident is continuing with the assistance of Detectives from the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department along with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators caught a suspect in a chase that spanned through two counties Thursday morning.

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the Rusk County Sheriff's Office called his department around 9:30 a.m. Thursday for help with a chase that started north of Sheldon, and was headed south toward Chippewa County. Kowalczyk said he had an officer in the Cornell area, who responded to the chase. The suspect drove around the Sheldon area, down to County Road D, west to State Highway 27, and then south into Chippewa County for about two miles. Investigators had the suspect on a cell phone during the chase, and say that he threatened to take his own life, and to shoot anyone who interfered with him. Then Kowalczyk said the vehicle rolled, and the suspect was arrested. He says shots were fired somewhere along the line, but that it's unclear who fired them. The Wisconsin State Patrol is reconstructing the crash, and the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.

Kowalczyk says the suspect is in custody. Highway 27 remained closed in both directions at 295th Avenue near Cornell at last report. Kowalczyk said he would release more information soon.


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