17-year old James Cagney of Nerstrand, Minnesota faces several charges after a chase that began in rural Viroqua and reached speeds of more than 100 mph before spike strips stopped him in La Crosse early Sunday
The La Crosse Tribune reports a woman called the Vernon sheriff's department shortly after midnight Saturday to report that her son had stolen her car and might be headed toward Minnesota.
A Vernon County deputy spotted the vehicle westbound on Hwy. 14 between Westby and Coon Valley. The deputy turned on his siren and emergency lights in an attempt to stop the car, when the car accelerated. With the deputy in pursuit, the vehicle sped through Coon Valley toward La Crosse with the driver exceeding 100 mph several times.
La Crosse police joined the chase when he entered the city. They deployed spike strips on Mormon Coulee Road, which the driver hit and blew three tires. The youth continued to drive until the car lost a tire, when he jumped out and tried to run away. La Crosse police Tasered him, took him into custody and turned him over to Vernon County deputies.
Authorities are seeking charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, fleeing and eluding officers, a third offense of operating while intoxicated, operating while his license was revoked and obstruction.