POLK COUNTY — Anthony Wren, 45, from St. Paul, MN, has been arrested after fleeing Law Enforcement both in a vehicle and on foot, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, April 19th, 2022, at about 6:00 PM, a Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a speeding motorist on US Highway 8. The speeding motorist was eastbound on Highway 8 and passed the deputy at a high rate of speed. The motorist failed to stop for the deputy and a pursuit was initiated. The fleeing motorist turned southbound on Highway 46 and rapidly accelerated. The deputy lost sight of the vehicle and notified an Amery Police Officer.
Upon passing the Amery Officer, the fleeing motorist eventually turned down a side street until it eventually began going northbound again on Highway 46. The deputy was able to deploy tire deflation spikes, but the fleeing motorist avoided them by driving through a yard. The fleeing motorist continued northbound on Highway 46.
Another deputy observed the vehicle the fleeing motorist northbound on Highway 46 at Main Crossing Avenue still at a high rate of speed. The fleeing motorist entered the roundabout at Highway 46 and US Highway 8. The fleeing vehicle lost control and struck a van in the roundabout, causing the van to roll over. The fleeing motorist then exited his vehicle and began fleeing on foot.
The fleeing motorist was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
The van that was struck contained multiple passengers. None of the passengers received serious injuries. The passengers were transported to area hospitals by ambulance and later released.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance: Apple River Fire and First Responders, the Amery Ambulance Service, the Amery Police Department, and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.
The fleeing motorist was identified as Anthony Wren, 45 years old, from St. Paul, MN.