A 26-year-old driver was discovered dead following a high-speed chase with authorities when the driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle before it left the roadway, according to a press release from the Hayward Police Department.

(Press Release) -- On July 14, 2018 at approximately 2:20 am, a City of Hayward Police Department Officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the City of Hayward for a traffic violation.

The vehicle refused to stop for the officer and a short vehicular pursuit ensued.

When the suspect vehicle got to STH 77 and Nyman Ave, Sawyer County Deputies began to assist with the pursuit.

The suspect vehicle proceeded at a speed in excess of 100 mph, westbound on STH 77.

While officers were following the suspect vehicle, the vehicle’s lights turned off, at which time the officers lost sight of the suspect vehicle.   

At approximately 02:29 a.m. the suspect vehicle was located in a wooded area near the intersection of STH 77 and Foley Road, approximately one and a half miles west of the city limits of Hayward.

The driver of the suspect [vehicle] had apparently lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway.

The 26 year old male driver, the only occupant of the suspect vehicle, was deceased at the scene.

The name of the deceased 26 year old male driver is not being released at this time.

At the request of the City of Hayward Police Department and the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, follow-up investigation of the incident is being conducted by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin Department of Justice/DCI.

There is no further information available at this time.

Per Assistant Chief James T. Wohling, Hayward Police Department

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