Vehicle pursuit on Hwy. 14 leads to arrest
March 23, 2022
On March 16th, 2022, at 9:10 am, Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputies were investigating a theft of gas from Richland County. A white U-Haul van, matching the description was located at Walmart in the City of Viroqua. Deputies attempted to make contact with the driver, who fled Walmart, and went north on US Highway 14. failing to stop. A pursuit ensued on US Highway 14 and secondary roads in the Town of Viroqua. Due to concerns for public safety, the pursuit was stopped south of Westby in hopes the suspect would slow down through the City of Westby. The vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed and started driving into oncoming traffic. Due to the immediate threat to the public, the pursuit was re-activated, with continued efforts to stop the vehicle, west of Westby on US Highway 14. The vehicle was pursued to La Crosse County, where it was decided to end the pursuit, The vehicle was stolen out of the State of Michigan the previous day. The La Crosse Police Department located the vehicle and it continued to flee through LaCrosse into Minnesota. Minnesota State Patrol was contacted and located the vehicle on I-90 in Winona County, additional attempts to disable the vehicle were successful. The driver, 26-year-old, Demandre Andrew-Tyshann Fraizer, Of Las Vegas, Nevada was taken into custody. A large of amount of marijuana was located in Fraizer’s possession. Fraizer was transported to the Winona County Jail, where he is currently being held, awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin for charges of Felony Fleeing, Reckless Endangering Safety, and multiple traffic offenses.
During this pursuit, numerous vehicles were forced off the road by the erratic driving of Fraizer. The Vernon County Sheriff’s office is asking anyone who was forced off the road on US Highway 14, between Viroqua and LaCrosse County, between 9:25 am and 9:50 am on March 16th, to call the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at (608)637-2123.
Assisting the Sheriff’s office were the Richland County Sheriff`s Office, the Viroqua Police Department, the Westby Police Department, and the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, LaCrosse Police Department, Campbell Police Department, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota State Highway Patrol.
There were no injuries to the public or officers involved, and there was no property damage in Vernon County as a result of this pursuit.