SAWYER COUNTY -- A 24-year-old man was injured after crashing his vehicle while attempting to flee authorities with speeds exceeding 100 MPH, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office. 

(Press Release) -- On 08/05/18 at approximately 02:46 a.m. a Sawyer County Deputy Sheriff observed a vehicle traveling northbound on STH 27 near Stone Hill Road at a speed indicated by radar of 97 mph. The suspect vehicle then turned on CTH K and continued northbound on CTH K at a high rate of speed.

The Deputy engaged his red & blue emergency lights and siren and attempted to catch up to the suspect vehicle, which was fleeing from the Deputy at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The suspect vehicle continued to flee from the Deputy until the driver of the suspect vehicle apparently lost control of the vehicle on CTH K near Norway Pines where the suspect vehicle went off the roadway into some trees, approximately 4 miles from where the pursuit began.

The driver, the only occupant in the suspect vehicle, was taken into custody and subsequently assessed by Sawyer County Ambulance Service EMS personnel at the scene. The driver was  transported to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was later transported to Duluth, MN for treatment of his injuries. His current medical condition is unknown.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, identified as Jacob L. Trepanier, age 24, of Northwoods Beach, has been referred to the Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office for charges of Felony Fleeing an Officer, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence (1st offense), and Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

There is no further information regarding this incident available at this time.

Per Sawyer County Chief Deputy Craig Faulstich


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