Yesterday, just around 3pm, the Marshfield Police Department responded to a call to the Walmart in Marshfield. The caller gave a report about a retail theft. Officers responded to find the suspects fled the business and left in a vehicle.
A traffic stop was attempted on the suspects and a pursuit ensued when the driver refused to stop. Marshfield Police Officers and Wood County Deputies terminated the pursuit quickly due to safety concerns.
Shortly after, Pittsville Police Department located the same suspect vehicle and another pursuit ensued. This pursuit was also terminated a short time later due to danger to the public.
Just a few minutes after this, the vehicle was spotted in Nekoosa on Hwy. 173. A Wood County Deputy attempted a traffic stop, however the driver again would not comply. A high speed chase ensued through the city of Nekoosa, the Township of Saratoga and the City of Wisconsin Rapids. For the third time, the pursuit was called off, due to the erratic and reckless driving of the suspect with no regards to safety of any local residents.
A short time later, residents reported the vehicle had stopped and the driver had entered a local business. After a search of the area, officers of the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department located the driver in a nearby business. The driver, a 20 year old resident of Flint, Michigan was placed under arrest and transported to the Wood County Jail.
Later reports indicated the other individuals associated with the theft in Marshfield were located in a wooded area near Babcock in the Township of Remington. These subjects were placed under arrest. They are only identified as a 17 year old, an 18 year old male and a 16 year old female all from Flint, Michigan.
Criminal charges are being referred to the Marathon County District Attorney’s Office, Wood County District Attorney’s Office and the Genesee County Michigan Human Services Department.
Departments assisting the Marshfield Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department included the Pittsville Police Department, Nekoosa Police Department, Grand Rapids Police Department and the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department.