A motorcyclist died Saturday when he was struck by a vehicle that was fleeing police in western Wisconsin.
According to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, the incident started around 4:12 p.m. in the 2000 block of STH 65 in Star Prairie Township on a report of a 2013 Jeep Liberty taken without permission by someone with a no-contact order that they were also violating.
Deputies dispatched to the scene located the Jeep Liberty on Hwy. 65 just north of New Richmond, and the driver refused to stop, leading to a chase that went east on Hwy. 64 and north on Hwy. 46 near Deer Park.
The chase was nearing Deer Park when the suspect passed several vehicles on the left, and then slammed into one of several motorcyclists who were turning left on Main St. near North St. W.
The motorcyclists died at the scene despite life-saving attempts to save his life.
Immediately after the collision, the suspect was arrested after a short chase on foot.
Identities of the victim and suspect have not been released.
The sheriff's office notes that there have been five traffic deaths in St. Croix County this year.