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Man arrested in northern Wisconsin after late May incident using snowmobile to flee officers

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A man was arrested in northern Wisconsin's Oneida County last week after using a snowmobile to flee law enforcement officers.

Of course, being late May, there was no snow in sight.

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“I actually asked them to repeat the information” when dispatchers relayed the call, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Warden Pat Novesky said in a DNR news release. He initially thought the report of a high-speed chase involving a snowmobile was a joke when he received it at 6:40 a.m. on May 31.

But it was a real case. Novesky was asked to assist Oneida County sheriff's deputies and the Three Lakes Police Department on the call in the town of Three Lakes, about 15 miles northeast of Rhinelander.

After officers tried to arrest a man after a domestic incident, the suspect fled on a snowmobile, the news release said. He took the machine down gravel and paved roads; snowmobiles can operate on those surfaces, though they wreck the machine.

The man reportedly hit a downed tree but continued going at a high rate of speed, eventually turning onto a snowmobile trail and crashing. He fled on foot about a mile toward a junkyard. Novesky and a K-9 unit from Rhinelander eventually located the suspect hiding under a semi-trailer and took him into custody.

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