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High-speed Chase Passes Through Menomonee Falls

Falls police participated in Wednesday's high-speed pursuit that began in Milwaukee and eventually ended near the Illinois border.

A high-speed pursuit that eventually ended in Kenosha County Wednesday passed through Menomonee Falls.

Police Chief Anna Ruzinski said officers with the Milwaukee Police Department contacted Falls police to notify them that they were in pursuit of a white van, which was driven by five males, that was possibly headed toward 107th Street and Mill Road. Police said the men may have been involved in a home entry.

Turns out the van indeed was headed toward Falls.

Ruzinski said an officer stationed near Woodman’s located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. However, the vehicle fled southbound on Highway 41/45. The officer pursued the vehicle until they reached the Watertown Plank Road exit, but it was called off by a supervisor at that time and was eventually picked up by other jurisdictions.

Ruzinksi said the department will contact the jurisdictions involved and will be issuing a citation for eluding an officer.

Today's TMJ4 caught the remaining pursuit on their chopper cam, which eventually came to a stop along southbound I-94 just two exits from the state line. According to JSOnline, the chase ended after the Wisconsin State Patrol used a "blow-out strip" to puncture the minivan's tires.  

The chase lasted more than an hour, and ended with the suspects surrendering near the median on the highway. Several officers - with guns drawn - then apprehended the suspects.

TMJ4 is reporting that the pursuit began at 9:45 a.m. after a burglary near the 51st Street and West Good Hope Road.

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