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DeForest police release video of wrong-way driver being pursued

DCSO: Man crashes into squad car...

TOWN OF BURKE, Wis. - DeForest police released dashcam video Monday morning of a wrong-way driver leading officers on a pursuit over the weekend.

Dane County deputies arrested an Endeavor man Saturday night after he crashed into a deputy's squad car following a brief pursuit, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Deputies said they observed a pickup truck weaving between lanes on Highway 19 near Davidson Drive in Sun Prairie. The white 2000 Ford Ranger matched the description of a suspect vehicle that fled from a Madison police officer about 20 minutes earlier, deputies said.

According to the release, a deputy attempted a traffic stop on the truck, but its driver, 22-year-old Anthony Smith of Endeavor, continued driving toward the Interstate 39/90 on-ramp in the Town of Burke, failing to obey traffic signals and striking a sign. 

Once Smith struck the sign, deputies said he turned his truck toward the deputy and struck his cruiser. Deputies said the suspect then took off toward I-39/90.

With the help of DeForest police and Wisconsin state troopers, police were able to stop Smith on I-39/90 near County Road V, south of DeForest, after deploying stop sticks, the release said.

DeForest police said their officer positioned himself in a location to put out the stop sticks and stop the vehicle, but Smith nearly struck his squad car and several other vehicles.


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