Press Release

On Monday, April 27th, 2020 at 12:30 PM, St Croix Falls Police Officers and Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to apprehend Jason Diers-Leske for a Probation Warrant, Escape, and Battery to a Police Officer.

Diers-Leske was found outside of a residence in the City of St. Croix Falls. Diers-Leske resisted arrest.

Diers-Leske was able to make it to his vehicle. A Deputy attempted to remove Diers-Leske from the vehicle, the Deputy was struck by the suspect’s vehicle door as the suspect backed up and fled. The Deputy sustained minor injuries.

Officers pursued Diers-Leske. The pursuit went into Minnesota and back into Polk County. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle and discontinued pursuing it. With the aid of citizens, the vehicle was spotted in the Village of Luck. After Diers-Leske almost struck a pedestrian, officers began pursuing him. Diers-Leske turned into a residence outside of the Village of Luck and struck a squad. He then crashed his vehicle into a swamp.  Diers Leske then stole another vehicle from that residence, struck another squad, and then fled on foot after crashing the truck into trees.

A perimeter was established and Diers-Leske was taken into custody by Polk County with assistance from K9 Jaeger.

Assisting the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with the apprehension was St. Croix Falls Police, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Luck Police Department, Frederic Police Department, Barron County Sheriff’s Office, Turtle Lake Police Department, Burnett County Sheriff’s Department, WI DNR, WI State Patrol, St. Croix Tribal Police Department, and the MN State Patrol.

Thanks to the numerous citizens that aided in the location and apprehension of this dangerous individual.

The case remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.


Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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