BARRON COUNTY — A Rice Lake man has been arrested and is awaiting formal charges after he led Law Enforcement on a high-speed chase in Barron County, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

(Press Release) -- On Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 4:12 a.m., a Barron County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for several traffic violations in the Village of Cameron. The vehicle failed to stop for the deputy and a chase ensued with speeds around 100mph. The chase lasted for about 13 miles when the subject approached the City of Chetek on Hwy SS, where spike strips had been deployed. The subject attempted a U-turn and struck the pursing deputy’s squad.

The driver, Delbert Whitehead, 43 of Rice Lake, was taken into custody without further incident. The deputy in the squad was not injured but his squad was towed from the scene. A female passenger in the car was released and not taken into custody.

Mr. Whitehead is being held in the Barron County Jail, awaiting formal charges later this week by the Barron County District Attorney’s Office. He is being held on Felony Fleeing, OWI-2nd, operating while revoked and two warrants for his arrest.

This case remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Rice Lake, Chetek and Barron Police Departments.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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