Sparks Fly as Hudson Cop Pursues Auto Theft Suspect Into Minnesota

A vehicle chase that began in Baldwin on Monday morning went through Hudson and into Minnesota. The stolen van had its tires punctured near Roberts and was riding on rims through Hudson and Lakeland before the suspect was apprehended.

"Sparks were flying everywhere," Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said about a Monday morning pursuit of a stolen vehicle that went through Hudson on Interstate-94 before 6 a.m.

A 2000 lavender Dodge was riding on its front rims after law enforcement officers from Wisconsin State Patrol and the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office deployed "stop sticks" to puncture the vehicle's tires near mile marker 12 and again near mile marker 10, according to St. Croix County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Scott Knudson.

When it was all over, deputies from Washington County took Dylan Dimler, 20, of New Auburn, into custody pending charges.


The chase began in Baldwin with Baldwin Police Chief Jim Widiker in pursuit. Initially, the van fled east on the freeway, and it turned around in Woodville and headed west. 

Four Sheriff's deputies, a Wisconsin State Patrolman and two Hudson Police officers were involved in the chase on the Wisconsin side of the border. Hudson Police K9 Officer Robert Larson was asked to follow the chase into Minnesota where the vehicle exited on Highway 95 and headed southbound on County Road 18, Jensen said.

According to Jensen, the van struck multiple roundabouts in Lakeland going almost straight, and stopped in the ditch. 


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Micheal Foley October 15, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Police Clips (http://www.facebook.com/PoliceClips) has a recording of the scanner chatter from the Wisconsin portion of this morning's chase: http://soundcloud.com/policeclipsonfacebook/st-croix-county-part-of-chase
Cheryl McCarten October 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I happened to be on my way over to the gas station today and saw the marks on the roundabout... my ears hurt just imagining the screeching noises...
LolaBel October 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHA!! I love it. Good one Katie :)
yomammy October 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Roundabouts rock. Simple to use, and much more efficient than stop lights or stop signs. Problem is, Amerikans are too busy texting, calling, eating to pay attention to driving. I dont know how many times I have almost been hit while in a roundabout due to idiots cruising on in without looking. PS- you use a blinker when you LEAVE the roundabout...
Joseph October 17, 2012 at 01:15 PM
They are easier for some, but actually increase crash numbers. You can find all that research on the National Motorists Association website.


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