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Suspected thieves crash into Sparta squad car and led police in a pursuit to Cashton

Kaitlyn Riley

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Three men are arrested after a suspected theft and car chase with the Sparta Police Department Wednesday afternoon.

The Sparta Police Department was dispatched to the All American Do It Center for a theft complaint at about 1:51 p.m. on Nov. 25. The report said three suspects took a cart of expensive tools and loaded them into a vehicle before fleeing the scene without paying.

A few minutes later, Sparta Officers located a vehicle matching the description in a McDonald’s drive-thru. As one of the officers exited his squad car to approach the vehicle, a suspect accelerated out of the drive-thru line toward the office and hit a second squad car, according to a news release from law enforcement.

The suspects drove onto Black River St. continuing south on St. Hwy 27 toward Cashton. Police said their vehicle reached speeds of 100 mph between Sparta and Cashton. During that pursuit, a rear passenger held up a handmade sign in the rear window that read, “HELP.”

Sparta Police said they performed a pit maneuver to surround the vehicle. Three suspects were taken into custody including the driver Trevor Maloney, 23, of Junction City, Cody Lubben, 28, of La Crosse, and Dennis Shay, 35, of La Crosse.

Officers located several stolen items, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Arrests for the incident include felony fleeing, felony theft, possession of methamphetamine, felony recklessly endangering safety, and probation violations.

The Sparta Police Department was assisted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Cashton Police Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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