TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — Two suspects are in custody following a police pursuit and manhunt in Monroe County.
The Wisconsin State Patrol says a trooper made a routine traffic stop at an exit in Tomah Tuesday and said he could smell marijuana. The patrol says when he asked the driver to step out of the vehicle the driver sped away.
A chase began and at times reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, according to Patrol Lieutenant Jeramy Foster.
WKBT-TV reports the vehicle finally exited the highway in Sparta, while being chased by a Monroe County deputy. The vehicle was eventually found abandoned in Sparta where a manhunt began.
The Wisconsin State Patrol Air Support, along with a drone from the Fort McCoy Fire Department and officers with Monroe County, Sparta and Fort McCoy and a La Crosse Police K-9 unit all helped with the search.
Both suspects were tracked down, surrendered, were arrested and taken to the Monroe County jail. The 27-year-old suspects are facing a number of possible charges, including resisting arrest and felony fleeing. Authorities say evidence was thrown from the speeding vehicle and recovered.