SAWYER COUNTY -- Sawyer County Deputies were dispatched to the Town of Spider Lake to look for a vehicle containing a subject who had reportedly been involved in a theft in Ashland County which ultimately led to the arrest of the suspect, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release

On November 7, 2020, Sawyer County Deputies were dispatched to the Town of Spider Lake to look for a vehicle containing a subject who had reportedly been involved in a theft in Ashland County. Shortly after 10:00am, a Sawyer County Deputy located the vehicle near the intersection of STH 77 and CTH OO.

As the deputy neared, the suspect vehicle took off westbound on STH 77 at speeds in excess of 100 MPH.

The pursuit continued into the City of Hayward, where the driver of the suspect vehicle lost control, striking another vehicle.

The suspect then fled on foot while the deputy was checking on the wellbeing of the driver in the vehicle that was struck.

The suspect was located a short time later with assistance from a National Forest Law Enforcement K-9 unit.

He was identified as Eriesse T. Whitehead, 26, of Hayward. Whitehead was taken into custody on charges of Fleeing/Eluding Law Enforcement Causing Property Damage and Reckless Driving.



The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by National Forest Law Enforcement, the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department and the City of Hayward Police Department.  

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

- Sheriff Doug Mrotek


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