Man convicted in state line police chase

 A River Falls, Wis. man was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years probation after he was convicted of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to court documents, Loren Hagen Phillips stole his girlfriend’s vehicle in Wisconsin in January 2012 after admitting to his girlfriend that he had smoked cocaine and wanted to turn himself in to a sober house because he violated his probation.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy looking for the missing vehicle at a rest stop off Interstate 94, spotting the vehicle in front of her as she pulled on to the interstate.

According to court documents, as the deputy followed the car Phillips was driving, he reached speeds of 80 mph and changed lanes quickly. Phillips then made an abrupt right turn and traveled across lanes of traffic to the Manning Avenue ramp and drove through traffic signals at 80 mph.

Phillips then went through a four-way stop at Manning Avenue and 10th Street and continued driving in the north and south bound lanes of Manning Avenue and braked quickly when he observed squads coming from different directions, court documents said. Phillips traveled to Minnesota Highway 5 east and then on Minnesota 36 in Stillwater to Minnesota 95 north in downtown Stillwater before driving down Chestnut Avenue and over the Stillwater Lift Bridge into Wisconsin.

WCSO units followed Phillips into Wisconsin until St. Croix County, Wis., Sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit, court documents said. Phillips then turned the vehicle down County Road V where it crashed at 150th Street.

Court documents said Phillips then fled the vehicle, with canine units tracking down a jacket with Phillips’ initials and a cell phone registered to Phillips a short distance away from the vehicle.

The state is working on getting a warrant in the matter since Phillips was taken in to custody in Ramsey County pending extradition to Wisconsin on motor vehicle theft charges.

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