Chippewa Falls hit-and-run suspect appears in court, cash bond set at $250,000

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Chippewa County (WQOW) – Colten Treu, 21, the man suspected of running off the road and striking a group of Girl Scouts was in court Monday morning where his bond was set at $250,000.

Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said Treu was huffing an air duster around the time of the crash. A passenger in Treu’s vehicle noticed he did not appear coherent and tried to take control of the wheel from Treu. They fought over the wheel which is when the truck crossed the center line and went into the ditch killing four.

Newell said after hitting the Girl Scouts, Treu went back to his residence. There he pulled a car out of the garage and pulled his truck into the garage to hide the vehicle. Treu then went to a party with friends.

Newell also said Treu is facing charges from “a similar accident” where Treu crashed his vehicle in Rusk County earlier this year. Authorities found meth, THC and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle during that incident.

Treu will be back in court for an initial appearance on Tuesday.

Treu is also ordered not to possess illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia. He cannot be in possession of any huffing devices and is not allowed to drive.

Clint Berge

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