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Purse-snatching results in high speed chase that ended on I-94 near Elk Mound

ELK MOUND  —  The case of a purse being snatched in Eau Claire evolved into a high-speed chase on I-94 that ended near Elk Mound when the Wisconsin State Patrol deflated the suspect vehicle’s tires.

According to a news release from the state patrol, the Eau Claire Police Department reported a purse-snatching at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4.

The information was passed along to the state patrol, and at around 1:38 p.m., a state trooper saw a vehicle matching that description on I-94 westbound at Exit 59, which is the exit to County Road EE to U.S. Highway 12.

As the state patrol prepared a set up to stop the vehicle, the suspect vehicle took off westbound on I-94 at speeds near 100 miles per hour, according to the news release.

The news release notes that traffic on I-94 was light at the time, and the suspect vehicle turned around near mile marker 52, which is the exit to U.S. Highway 12 and state Highway 29 west of Elk Mound, and continued back in the direction it came on the Interstate headed eastbound.

State troopers used a tire deflating device, and the vehicle came to a safe stop on the exit ramp to Exit 59 at County Road EE at 1:53 p.m.

The Dunn County and Eau Claire County line is at mile marker 57 on I-94.

According to the State Patrol news release, two suspects were taken into custody.

Because the incident remains under investigation, the names of the suspects have not been released.