BARRON COUNTY -- One person has been arrested following a chase by Law Enforcement including two squads being damaged, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

Press Release

On Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 2:54 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a female advising her ex-boyfriend was stalking her and following her around the City of Chetek.

A Chetek Police Department officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle and the suspect failed to stop for him. A short chase ensued in the City of Chetek and the Chetek officer terminated pursuit.

A few minutes later the suspect’s sister called and advised the suspect was now in front of her house doing donuts in the roadway. Another short chased ensued with the suspect striking the Chetek and a Sheriff’s Department squad causing damage. A deputy pitted the suspect vehicle in the City of Chetek to end the pursuit.

Taken into custody was Kiel Gowin, 26 of Chetek, and he is being held in the Barron County Jail on charges of Fleeing an Officer and Operating a Motor Vehicle While under the Influence of Alcohol. Formal charges are expected later this week by the Barron County District Attorney’s Office.

No injuries were obtained by the Chetek Officer, the Sheriff’s Deputy or the suspect.


Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

Ron Ambrozaitis, Chetek Police Chief

Last Update: Jan 25, 2021 11:46 am CST

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