Driver who fled police twice dies in crash a short time later

Police were alerted to a crash less than an hour after pursuing the suspect.
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A driver died in western Wisconsin after crashing while fleeing police in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says an officer first came across the driver in St. Croix Falls around 2:36 a.m., attempting to stop him for traffic violations.

The driver failed to yield and led police on a pursuit, which police discontinued after a short pursuit.

Around 10 minutes later, a Polk County Sheriff's Deputy saw the same vehicle on County Road N, west of Highway 35, and the driver was "waving his hands to get the Deputies' attention."

The vehicle was last observed traveling north on Hwy. 35 in the village of Luck.

It was around 50 minutes later that police received a report of a single car rollover cash on Hwy. 35 south of Frederic, which was later determined to have been the driver who had fled police.

Police say it appears the motorist had lost control as he approached the curve, struck the guardrail before entering a ditch.

It then proceeded to roll several times, with the driver thrown from the vehicle.

The vehicle traveled 1,500 feet from where it hit the guardrail. The driver died at the scene.

He has not yet been identified.

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