BARRON/POLK COUNTY - The Cumberland Police Department has issued the following updated press release regarding the high-speed chase over the weekend.

Press Release

On August 6, 2022, at approximately 12:08 am, Polk County notified Barron County of a vehicle pursuit traveling into Barron County on US 63. A Turtle Lake Officer attempted to use a tire deflation device to flatten the tires but the operator of the vehicle was able to swerve around the tire deflation device.

A Clear Lake officer then stated the pursuit continued north of US 63 with speeds over 100 mph toward the City of Cumberland. Cumberland Officers were able to set up a tire deflation device on US 63 near US 48. Cumberland Officers were successful in deflating all 4 tires on the suspect vehicle.

The vehicle came to a stop in the City of Cumberland.

The male driver had reportedly fled on foot. A female passenger was detained and was identified as Meghan E Bauer of Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

Cumberland and Turtle Lake officers along with Deputies from the Barron County Sheriffs Department attempted to locate the male suspect who fled on foot. However, the male was not located that evening.

Cumberland Police Department and Clear Lake Police Department searched the vehicle and located approximately 10 ounces of Methamphetamine, along with other drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was towed and the female passenger was arrested for Possession with intent to deliver (Party to a crime) and an outstanding felony warrant out of Minnesota.

A person of interest was identified as the registered owner of the vehicle, Stephen H. Desrosiers from Ashland, Wisconsin. Desrosiers was located the following day in Ashland and taken into custody for an active warrant and questioned regarding this incident.

Clear Lake Police Department is actively investigating Desrosiers’ involvement in the incident.

Clear Lake Police Department seized the Methamphetamine and the offender(s) will be referred for charges in Polk County.

-- Per Heather Wolfe, Chief of Police

Last Update: Aug 08, 2022 10:23 am CDT

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