Two dead, three injured following police pursuit, crash in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — Two people are dead and several others were taken to the hospital after a law enforcement pursuit ended in a crash in Watertown early Wednesday morning, October 7th.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:57 a.m. an officer initiated and conducted a traffic stop on County Road E near County Road P in the Town of Ixonia. At approximately 2:13 a.m. the driver of the vehicle fled from the traffic stop at a high rate of speed, northbound on County Road E toward Watetown.

As the vehicle entered Watertown, the driver lost control on a slight curve on Concord Drive near Richards Avenue and crashed into a tree near Brian Court. The driver and front seat passenger were both fatally injured in the crash. Three other passengers were transported to area medical facilities.

Responding units from the Watertown Police Department, Fire, EMS and the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office arrived on scene to assist with medical needs and incident control.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has turned over the investigation to the Wisconsin State Patrol Crash Reconstruction Team and the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office is also involved.

Officials have not commented on the reason for the chase.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

8 comments

  • sharon kopp

    This happened at 2:00am so I am assuming alcohol or drugs might be a factor. However, It’s still sad to see these news reports. I feel for the families of these people. I can’t imagine getting that call or visit from the police.

  • Fred

    It’ll be interesting to get the details later. My guess is it was kids who probably ran because they had drugs or alcohol and were afraid to get busted. Sad part is, they probably lost their lives over a minor ticket.

  • Caitlyn

    I personally knew both of the people who died. I got an update today from a friends mom who works at the hospital and 2 of the backseat passengers also died and only one survived and has a broken hip.

  • Bill

    Why would the cop choose to pursue? It endangers the public. The officer already had their information, he should have just let them go.

    • Billy Bob

      100% agreed. If the cop gave up on the pursuit, they’d have no reason to try and drive 90+mph through town and probably would have just taken a side road or bailed from the car on foot.

    • Obvious

      The car was stolen that’s a FACT police officer did his job and chased them And now has to live with this due to the THIEVES mistakes.

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