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High-speed chase ends in crash, arrest

Published On: Nov 25 2012 01:21:31 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2012 02:46:37 PM CST
TOWN OF HAZEL GREEN, Wis. -

A suspected drunken driver led a Grant County sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase, and then was arrested after crashing his vehicle, the Grant County Sheriff's Office said.

The deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle speeding at 87 mph while heading northbound on state Highway 80 at about 1 a.m. Sunday in the town of Hazel Green, sheriff's officials said.

When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, it sped up and turned eastbound on state Highway 11, heading to Benton and speeds increased to 100 mph, according to a Grant County Sheriff's Department news release.

At Whaley Road in Lafayette County, the vehicle was traveling too fast to make a turn and it drove up an embankment and overturned several times, coming to rest on its rest in a bean field, according to the release.

Sheriff's officials said the driver, identified as John J. Scanlan, 37, of Benton, was intoxicated and not wearing his seat belt.

Hazel Green Fire and EMS removed Scanlan from the vehicle and transported him to a hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Scanlan is facing tentative charges of first offense operating while intoxicated, felony eluding officers, speeding and a seat belt violation, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department is handling the crash.

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