Law enforcement apprehend suspect after high-risk pursuit
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, at approximately 4:45 p.m., the Monroe County Communications Center, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO,) Tomah Police Department and Sparta Police Department were made aware of a vehicle that had fled from the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Tomah PD located the vehicle travelling westbound on I-90 and proceeded to follow it. The MCSO initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle near mile marker 28, however, the operator of the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.
Spike strips were deployed soon after the suspect accelerated to speeds over 100 miles per hour. The suspect eventually stopped at the 25 mile marker off-ramp.
The suspect, Christine A. Harbert, 26, of South Dakota, was apprehended as well as the passenger, Joe D. Thomas, 30, of South Dakota, who had a felony warrant out of South Dakota.
Harbert received several citations and was arrested for fleeing/eluding an Officer. Thomas was arrested for obstructing and the arrest warrant.
The Tomah PD, Sparta PD, and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted with the high-risk traffic stop and the matter remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.