THERESA — One man was transported to the hospital via Flight for Life with life-threatening injuries, and another man was taken by ambulance to the hospital after a rollover crash that occurred Monday afternoon near Highway 41 and Highway 28 in Washington County.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were chasing a vehicle with two men inside north along Highway 41. When the vehicle tried to exit the highway at about 90 miles-per-hour, officials say the car ended up upside down in farm land after hitting a grass median, flying over the on-ramp to the highway, over a fence, and rolling about 50 to 75 feet.
The driver and passenger were approached by sheriff’s deputies with guns drawn. One of the officers realized the two were in bad shape, and Flight for Life was called in. Flight for Life transported the passenger, and an ambulance transported the driver.
Officials say the driver was not wearing his seat belt.
Carol Kurer was on the on-ramp at the time of the crash, and saw the car go airborne. “We are just really thankful to the Lord, because if we had been 15, maybe 30 seconds earlier, we would have been right in the spot where the car came flying over the road here, went airborne and he’d have smashed right into us,” Kurer said.
Officials say the chase began when deputies were called to check out a report by a Town of West resident who called to report a suspicious vehicle that had stopped at his residence and the two men asked for directions. The man said he watched the car leave, and observed that it left in a different direction than he had instructed it to. Sheriff’s deputies located a vehicle matching the description, and pulled it over before the driver fled, and the chase began.
As authorities continued their investigation into the the high-speed chase they were able to locate evidence inside the suspects’ vehicle. Officials say the evidence links the suspects to a possible burglary they may have been involved in prior to the high-speed chase.
Detectives were able to locate the address of the possible robbery in the Town of West Bend. Authorities say the homeowner was unaware of the burglary until notified by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional burglary charges are being referred to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.
At this time the 20-year-old driver remains hospitalized, with non-life threatening injuries. The 35-year-old passenger has been treated and released to authorities. Both men are from the Lomira area.
Officials say at this time, it is not known why the vehicle fled from the sheriff’s deputies. The investigation into this crash is ongoing.