Two arrested after high-speed pursuit that damaged deputy's vehicle

 -- A race between two vehicles led to a high-speed chase with a Sauk County deputy and damage to a squad car.

The Sauk County Sheriff's Office says around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, July 26, a deputy clocked two vehicles racing at speeds over 100 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 12 near State Trunk Highway 33. Another deputy tried to stop the vehicles, but say the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta started going faster, moving in and out of traffic. The deputy started a pursuit. Eventually, the deputy was able to get a license plate number of the vehicle and stopped the pursuit.

Not long after, another deputy saw the same vehicle eastbound on County Trunk Highway W. Deputies decided not to pursue, but instead tried to set up spikes. Before getting to the spikes, the driver turned into a hayfield, drove through the yard of a home and while trying to get back onto CTH W, rammed into the driver's side of a squad car with a deputy inside. 

Deputies were able to stop the vehicle and the driver and passenger were taken into custody.

The driver was identified as Hunter D. Spohn, 20, of Wisconsin Rapids. He was taken to the jail on tentative charges of Eluding an Officer, Bail Jumping, Racing on Highway, Operating after Revocation, Possession of THC, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Probation and Parole Hold, and numerous traffic citations. 

The passenger was identified as Luke D. Degler, 20, of Wisconsin Rapids. He was also taken to the Sauk County Jail on a probation and parole hold.

The Sauk County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin State Patrol are still investigating.

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