A high speed chase of a suspect in a stolen vehicle ends when the suspect crashes into another vehicle near Prairie du Chien.
It happened Tuesday afternoon. Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said that the pursuit began in Grant County. They warned Crawford County that the chase was headed towards their county.
Grant County had begun their efforts to pull over a white minivan with Wisconsin Dells Ducks logos on the side of the vehicle. The vehicle was reported stolen earlier. They ended their pursuit as the minivan was headed west on State Highway 60.
Sheriff McCullick said the Wauzeka-Steuben School was called and told to keep the children inside the building as the chase neared.
A short time later, a Crawford County deputy driving an unmarked vehicle soon saw the minivan traveling at more than 90 miles an hour. The minivan then pulled into a private driveway. As the deputy pulled in and blocked the driveway. He turned on his lights and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. The van then came back down the driveway, hit the deputy's vehicle, went around on the grass and back onto State Highway 60.
Officers from the Prairie du Chien Police Department tried to used stop sticks and try to redirect the minivan to a more rural road. The sheriff said the minivan driver almost struck them head on as the vehicle continued to speed on.
As the minivan went through the intersection of State Highway 60 and U.S. Highway 18, it hit another vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle, Kael Kilbey, 64, of Woodman, was taken to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, treated for injuries, and later released.
The suspect, Danny J. Joles, Jr., 30, went to Crossing Rives Health and later transferred to a La Crosse hospital with head injuries.
Joles was arrested on numerous criminal and traffic charges including drunk driving, fleeing, and operating a motor vehicle without the owners consent.