Two men fled on foot at the end of a high-speed chase that was stopped with spike strips on Hwy. 53 near Chetek on Friday night, Jan. 31, according to the Rice Lake Police Department.
One man, Calob Fredrickson, 20, was apprehended in the woods where he fled, about a mile south of the Chetek exit. The alleged driver, Dylan Homme, 21, evaded police but was later arrested at the Rice Lake Walmart on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Fredrickson was booked in the Barron County Jail on a charge of obstructing justice. Homme was booked on charges of fleeing an officer, obstructing justice, failure to keep vehicle under control, unsafe lane deviation, operating after revocation license, violating probation and a traffic citation of fail to maintain exhaust systems. Formal charges were pending from the Barron County District Attorney’s Office as of Tuesday morning, Feb. 4.
Rice Lake Police Capt. Matthew Bach said the chase started after a call about a disturbance at a residence in Rice Lake. The call was reported at 9:19 p.m. in Rice Lake and an officer attempted to stop a car the caller described as having a loud exhaust.
The vehicle did not stop and a high-speed chase ensued on southbound Hwy. 53, reaching speeds of 105 mph. Officers from Rice Lake, Barron and Chetek, along with Barron County sheriff’s deputies were involved in the chase. A Barron officer set up spike strips on Hwy. 8 and a Chetek officer set up spike strips on Hwy. 53 at CTH I.
The vehicle’s tires were deflated by the spike strips and it stopped around 9:33 p.m. Two men fled on foot, but a woman in the vehicle stayed and was apprehended. She was later released to a family member and was not charged.
The two men fled west into the woods near the 500 block of 25-1/2 Street.
Area residences were called and residents were told to lock their doors. The sheriff’s department drone was deployed. A coyote hunter with a rifle did come across the men, Bach said.
By 10:14 p.m., Fredrickson was apprehended in the woods.
Bach said Homme’s tracks were followed to a residence, but lost in other footprints and animal tracks in the snow. It was not clear how he evaded capture, but the search was called off around 12:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 1, according to dispatch logs.
It was not immediately known why Homme allegedly fled. The vehicle on Hwy. 53 was towed by BlackJack Towing, of Chetek.
The search for Homme continued on Saturday, with officers contacting family members in Winnebago County. He was not in that county.
Rice Lake officers arrested Homme at Walmart in Rice Lake on Sunday evening, Feb. 2. A woman with Homme—who was not involved in the initial chase—was also arrested and charged with obstructing an officer, according to Bach.
Both were booked in the Barron County Jail and the vehicle at Walmart was towed.
Homme’s probation violations stem from felony possession of THC convictions in 2017.