29-mile police chase ends in crash
A man and a woman are facing multiple felony counts after allegedly stealing a car, stealing gas, leading law enforcement officers on a high speed chase throughout eastern St. Croix County and throwing bags of meth out the window before finally crashing into a squad car last week.
Deputies and local police reported speeds near 120 mph at times during the chase, according to the criminal complaint.
Driver Jeremy Peyton Mayo, 20, of Osseo, Wis., faces felony charges of amphetamine possession with intent to deliver, recklessly endangering safety, fleeing an officer, auto theft and criminal damage to property. Two misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping were also added to Mayo’s charge sheet.
Passenger Kali Madora Rinde, 19, of Maplewood, Minn., faces a felony charge of amphetamine possession with intent to deliver, along with misdemeanor charges of being a passenger in a stolen vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.
The incident began just after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, when an employee at the BP gas station in Woodville reported a gas drive-off, according to the complaint. A Woodville officer responded to the call, and pursued a dark green Mazda Protege that matched the description of the suspect vehicle.
The Woodville officer followed as the vehicle turned west onto Highway 12, according to the complaint. As the officer caught up to the Mazda, he activated his emergency lights and used his air horn to attempt to get the driver’s attention. After the officer trailed the vehicle for about a quarter mile at about 55 mph, the Mazda began to accelerate.
Dispatchers looked up the license plate number and discovered it was recently stolen out of Eau Claire. Meanwhile, the Woodville officer was pursuing the stolen car at speeds between 112 mph and 120 mph for about two miles before turning north on Highway 63.
With lights flashing and siren blaring, the chase continued north out of Baldwin when “the Protege entered the southbound lane almost striking a van head on,” according to the complaint.
Shortly after, a St. Croix County deputy joined the chase, which continued on Highway 63 at dangerously high speeds to the Highway 64 intersection known as “the Four Corners.” A second deputy was in position there to deploy stop sticks on the Mazda, but the driver recognized the attempt and opted to instead speed through the Marathon gas station parking lot “disregarding the safety of several subjects in the lot,” according to the complaint.
The Mazda continued at speeds faster than 100 mph east on Highway 64 before turning south on County Road O, nearly losing control on the east shoulder, according to the complaint. The chase continued east on County Road S, south again on County Road O, east again on County Road G, where deputies saw the suspects throw items out of the car, south again on 290th Street and west on 130th Avenue.
Another deputy was positioned to deploy stop sticks at County Road D and 130th Avenue. The driver again recognized the attempt, but this time drove into the ditch, lost control and struck the deputy’s squad car, according to the complaint. After briefly trying to drive out of the ditch, the driver gave up the attempt to escape when a deputy had a weapon drawn and pointed at the car. The couple was taken into custody without further incident, and Rinde was treated for a minor arm injury that was the result of the crash.
Several items were found after a search of the 2600 block of County Road G, where deputies saw items thrown from the Mazda, including a baggie containing 6.45 grams of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia.
In all, the chase covered more than 29 miles of state and federal highways, and county and municipal roads, according to the complaint.
As is standard procedure, a Wisconsin State Patrol officer was dispatched to write the crash report because it involved a deputy’s squad car.
A $5,000 cash bond was set for each suspect at their initial court appearances on Thursday, May 15. They both had preliminary hearings scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, in St. Croix County Circuit Court.