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Stolen truck sighting triggers search by boat and canine in Jackson County

 BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WXOW) - Two men are in custody after a short chase and search in Jackson County Monday.

The incident began around 10:24 a.m. when the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was called to Melrose for a gas drive-off. The deputy found the vehicle, a Ford pickup, on Highway 54 near County Highway H. It turned out the truck was reported stolen from Winona County. When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, it sped off, then abandoned the pickup and fled on foot.

A short time later, a fisherman reported the two were seen crossing the Black River heading east to Hawk Island.

Deputies in boats, along with tracking dogs, began the search for the pair. After more than an hour, the men were spotted following the river near Haugstad Road. The tracking dogs led deputies to the men.

The suspects, 19-year-old Joel Michael Johnson and 18-year-old Mitchell Neil Winslow, both from Albert Lea, Minnesota, were taken into custody on vehicle theft , reckless endangerment, and theft charges.


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