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Man arrested after high speed chaseSubmitted: 08/10/2014
Story By Newswatch 12 Team


WOOD COUNTY - A man led officers on a high-speed chase through Wood County late Saturday night.

47-year-old Christopher Ostrum was arrested for felony fleeing and operating a car while intoxicated.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department says the chase started when Wisconsin Rapids police officers tried to pull Ostrum over just before 11:25 p.m. on Saturday. He did not stop. Instead, he sped away, going west on West Grand Avenue. Ostrum continued to flee west on State Highway 73/80. The officers got the car's license plate and stopped chasing Ostrum because they were worried about safety.

Pittsville Police took over the chase when they found Ostrum driving very fast on State Highway 73 near Oak Road. Officers tried to pull Ostrum over at 11:31 p.m., but he didn't stop. Officers believe he was driving at speeds of 95 to 100 mph.

Wood County deputies spiked the tires of Ostrum's car near State Highway 80 and County Highway EE. The chase ended on US Highway 10 near the City of Marshfield.

No one was hurt in the chase and no property was damaged.


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