KAUKAUNA — A 37-year-old woman driving what police say was a stolen vehicle was arrested early Jan. 2 after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in Kaukauna.

Just after midnight on January 2, 2022, Kaukauna officers were monitoring an incident in Grand Chute where a vehicle was stolen at a gas station and the owner was possibly injured while trying to prevent the theft.

The stolen vehicle was being chased on Interstate 41 as it traveled north toward Kaukauna by Wisconsin State Patrol. The State Patrol unit had to discontinue the pursuit.

The vehicle was found a short time later by Fox Valley Metro officers still north bound on I-41.

Kaukauna Officer Andrew Pelot joined in the chase just south of Wisconsin Highway 55/Delanglade St. as a back up officer with speeds reaching 90 to 100 mph.

Kaukauna Officer David Knepfel was just north of Delanglade St. on I-41 with a spike strip and was able to deploy it successfully and the suspect vehicle ran over the device.

Kaukauna Officer Mike Lambie also was on I-41 near CTH J/Lawe St. also with a spike strip.

He also was able to successfully deploy the device and the vehicle ran it over as well.

Ultimately three of the tires on the stolen vehicle were flattened and it came to a stop just north of CTH J.

Kaukauna officers, along with the Fox Valley Metro officers, performed a high-risk traffic stop and took the driver into custody.

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The driver, a 37-year-old woman who was not identified, was booked into Outagamie County Jail and faces possible charges of:

  • Taking a vehicle without owner consent
  • Recklessly endangering safety
  • Eluding an officer and
  • Felony bail jumping

She was cited for:

  • Operating while under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Operating While Suspended



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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.