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Ogden facing four felonies as result of crime spree

Less than 15 days ago, Justin Ogden went on an alleged crime spree throughout Pierce County. Monday, he found out the price for his acts.

The 26-year-old was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with two counts of burglary, criminal damage to property, operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, fleeing a patrol officer and misdemeanor theft. The burglaries, operating a motor vehicle and fleeing a traffic officer are the felonies. His initial court date had yet to be set as of Tuesday afternoon.

The activity began around 4:20 a.m., April 13 when the Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch Center received an anonymous tip Ogden would be operating a truck with loud exhaust into Ellsworth from the east, according to the criminal complaint.

Ellsworth Police and Sheriff's deputies began pursuing Ogden, who was driving a 1995 Ford Econoline van, at the State Highway 72/63 intersection.

"I informed (Dispatch) that I was attempting to catch up to this vehicle (on STH 63) I was traveling 80 miles per hour and having a hard time catching up to this vehicle," Ellsworth Police Officer Darren Ekholm wrote in his report. He was able to catch up to the vehicle at a speed of 95 mph.

The van then turned southbound onto CTH C, traveling between 90-100 miles per hour, Ekholm estimated. It ran the stop sign at CTH C/V and headed south on 650th St. Ekholm then informed Dispatch he would now be traveling at normal speed to make sure the van wouldn't crash.

It then made a stop at 620th St. and 320th Ave. when a passenger got out. Deputies interviewed the passenger who told them she tried getting out before but Odgen wouldn't stop until now. She said the chase started when they saw the patrol car at 72/63 and she asked Ogden why he was not stopping. Ogden replied he's not stopping for the police. She told police she knew of no reason for the chase.

Ogden eventually went into Red Wing, but came back into Wisconsin. He made a stop at Sandy's Grocery and Gas in Plum City later that morning where he left before paying for gas. During that time, police became aware of two burglaries where Ogden was the prime suspect. He was eventually found in Monroe County trying to avoid officers there as well.

For more please read the May 4 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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