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St. Croix Co. authorities chase, arrest person wanted for kidnapping & sexual assault

St. Croix County (WQOW)  – A man is in custody of the U.S. Marshalls Office tonight, but not before a chase that spanned two states on Wednesday.

According to St Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, his office was notified that authorities from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (Minnesota) and the U.S. Marshalls Office were chasing a suspect wanted for sexual assault and kidnapping at 1:24 p.m. Wednesday. They also learned the suspect had threatened to kill police.

The truck being chased entered St. Croix County going east in the westbound lanes over the St. Croix River Bridge. The truck went into the ditch around mile marker two on Highway 35/64 but the driver was able to get out of the ditch and kept going.

The driver proceeded through Hudson at speeds of 70 mph. The driver hit stop sticks in the city but was able to keep going. That is when the suspect got onto the interstate, once again going east in the westbound lanes.

The suspect got off the interstate and went onto Highway 35 when a deputy tried a PIT maneuver. The truck ran into a disabled vehicle on the shoulder and came to a stop. There was nobody in the disabled vehicle.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Regions Hospital and the custody of the U.S. Marshalls Office.

The man’s name has not been released.


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