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High-speed chase called off; man later arrested

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 12, 2010
— Janesville police arrested a DeForest man three hours after he is accused of leading an officer on a high-speed chance early Thursday morning.

Nicholas Sanger, 23, was arrested on charges of fourth-offense drunken driving, fleeing an officer, operating after revocation, operating after revocation/causing damage, hit and run, and parole violation, Lt. Rick Larson said.


Supervisors called off the high-speed pursuit after the driver fled at speeds of between 80 and 100 mph.


Officer Drew Severson was on patrol at 1 a.m. west of the Five Points intersection when he pulled over an older model Oldsmobile for speeding. After the car stopped, three female passengers climbed out and the car sped off. Severson pursued, but the pursuit was called off less than a minute later, Larson said.


A short time later, police received a report of a hit-and-run crash near Racine and Chestnut streets. The car police pursued earlier reportedly swerved at an oncoming car on Racine Street, crossed the centerline and collided with the other vehicle.


Several hours later, police received a tip that driver still was in town. They found Sanger at about 4 a.m. in an apartment in the 2700 block of West Wall Street.



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