High-speed chase ends in Ripon

A suspect is taken into custody at Ripon's A&W.

A multi-jurisdictional, high-speed chase ended peacefully today (Sunday) in Ripon.

Two juvenile runaways who allegedly stole a minivan in Clark County were apprehended outside Ripon's A&W.

Before that point, however, law enforcement tried to stop the minivan as its drivers operated it recklessly in at least two locations: Green Lake County and the city of Ripon.

The chase in Green Lake County began around 12:30 p.m., with speeds reaching about 80 mph in Green Lake County, according to scanner reports. At one point, law enforcement discussed the use of spikes on the roadway on the scanner to stop the vehicle.

Once in the city of Ripon, scanner reports suggested the vehicle exceeded 100 mph on Union Street.

"We were notified that Green Lake County Sheriff's Department was attempting pursuit of a van ... They did attempt to stop it, but due to the reckless behavior they stopped the pursuit. It then entered our city. We attempted to pursue it and it was operating in such a manner that it was very reckless," Ripon Police Sgt. John Teachout said. "We lost sight of the vehicle in the area of West Fond du Lac and Watson streets, and subsequently located the vehicle parked by Selfridge Park. We were advised by some citizens that two people had fled the vehicle and headed in a southerly direction ...

"Two of our officers located two suspicious male suspects right here in the A&W parking lot, where they were taken into custody. The vehicle is reported to be stolen and supposedly occupied by two juvenile runaways from Clark County."

Because the suspects are juveniles, the Commonwealth will not name them unless they are charged as adults.

Green Lake County Sheriff's Department, Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department, the city of Ripon and city of Princeton police departments were on hand at A&W. Baird GM was called to tow the minivan to a secure impound at the Ripon Police Department.

For more information about the incident, read the Nov. 3, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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