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Police: one arrested after speeds top 100 mph in Monroe County chase


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- One person is in custody after a high speed chase Saturday night.

According to a news release issued by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, dispatchers in Monroe County received word at 9:03 p.m. Saturday that authorities in Jackson County had stopped a car suspected as stolen from the city of Sparta.

The car is alleged to have sped off during the stop and Jackson County officers followed in pursuit.

"A high speed chase ensued with speeds in excess of 100 mph," the release reads.

Police also said the vehicle, being driven by Brian L. Brannon, 51, of Sparta, repeatedly veered over into the wrong lane of traffic.

Brannon and police chasing him eventually entered Monroe County, where county deputies and state troopers deployed spikes just north of Sparta to slow the vehicle down.

Police said after hitting the spikes Brannon ran the car into a ditch. He was then taken into custody.

The Monroe County Sheriff's department has referred charges of Operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, reckless endangering of safety, fleeing and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated to the district attorney's office.

Police allege the latter was Brannon's eighth offense.

Brannon remains in custody at the Monroe County jail. He's expected in court Tuesday.

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