SAWYER COUNTY -- A Menomonie, WI, man has been arrested after a 'nearly three-hour standoff' in Sawyer County, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office.

(Press Release) -- On 10/16/18 at 11:24 p.m., a Sawyer County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on CTH B in the Town of Round Lake.  The suspect vehicle began to flee from the Deputy, who had his emergency lights and siren activated.  The suspect vehicle proceeded eastbound on CTH B at a high rate of speed.  The Deputy followed with his red & blue lights and siren activated.  A few minutes later, the suspect vehicle crashed near the intersection of CTH B and Universal Drive in the Town of Winter.  

When the Deputy attempted to approach the suspect vehicle, the male driver exited the vehicle and shouted to the Deputy that driver had a gun.  The Deputy took cover behind his squad and began a dialog with the suspect.  The suspect put the gun to his own head and said he was going to take his own life.  The Deputy then began a dialogue with the male suspect in an effort to get the suspect to surrender.  The Sawyer County SWAT Team was activated.  After a nearly three-hour standoff, Sawyer County SWAT Negotiators were able to get the suspect to surrender, at which time he was taken into custody without further incident.   The suspect was subsequently transported to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital for medical evaluation and after being cleared medically, was transported to jail.

A male passenger in the suspect vehicle was treated and released at the scene.  A female passenger in the suspect vehicle was transported to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The names of the male and female passengers are not being released at this time.  

After the suspect was taken into custody, several items of evidence were located, including a BB handgun and a gallon size zip lock bag containing 1.95 ounces of marijuana.   A search warrant was subsequently executed on the suspect vehicle.  During the ensuing search, several clear plastic bags containing a total of 20.91 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, packaging materials were recovered from the vehicle.   

The male suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Jason J. Bremer of Menomonie, WI.   The incident will be forwarded to the Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges against Mr. Bremer; including 2 Felony counts of Recklessly Endangering Safety, Felony Fleeing/Eluding an Officer, Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Misdemeanor Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department, the City of Hayward Police Department, the Price County Sheriff’s Office, the Park Falls Police Department, the Winter Fire Department, and Sawyer County Ambulance Paramedics/EMTs.

This is all the information available at this time.  This incident remains under investigation.

Sheriff Doug Mrotek


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