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Man fleeing police strikes, kills motorcyclist in Wisconsin

Updated: July 07, 2019 10:18 PM

A motorcyclist is dead after a driver fleeing from police struck the rider during a chase that ended in Deer Park, Wisconsin on Saturday.

The chase began after the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stolen Jeep Liberty on the 2000 block of State Highway 65 in Star Prairie Township at about 4:12 p.m. According to a release, a no-contact order violation was also reported.

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Deputies reportedly located the vehicle and attempted to stop it on State Highway 65 north of New Richmond. The driver refused to stop, and a pursuit began.

Authorities continued to pursue the vehicle eastbound on State Highway 64, then northbound on State Highway 46 toward Village of Deer Park. 

Police radio calls described increasing danger as the chase continued with deputies reporting speeds in excess of 95 miles per hour.

"He's giving me the middle finger which I'm going to take as no intentions of him stopping," said a deputy to dispatch over police radio.

The same deputy could also be heard asking dispatch to contact a "supervisor" as the chase continued.


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When the chase entered Deer Park, the fleeing driver passed several other motorists on the left side of the road.

The sheriff's office reports that there were several motorcyclists taking a left turn on Main Street near North Street West. The suspect reportedly struck one of the motorcyclists and fled the scene on foot. Deputies were able to apprehend him following a short foot pursuit. He has not yet been formally charged. The driver has been identified as Brandon Michael Lieffring, 37, from New Richmond, Wisconsin. 

Life-saving measures were done on the motorcyclist, but St. Croix County Medical Examiner pronounced him dead on the scene. He has been identified as Dustin Edward Kalland, 39, from Stillwater.

"It looked like an explosion — stuff just everywhere," said Carlos Dimas who was working in the kitchen of Deer's Bar when the crash happened.

Bartender Lisa Kerns also stepped outside moments after the crash.

"I went outside and I seen a whole bunch of debris and I looked up and he was already lying on the ground and the cop was there," said Kerns. "I will never get that sight out of my mind of what I saw."

St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that part of the law enforcement investigation will include a review with all agencies involved in the case to determine whether the decision to continue the pursuit "fell within policy."

"People were saying why were the cops still chasing him. They should've just dispatched different counties and stuff," said Kerns. "I think it just all happened too fast."

This is the fifth traffic-related fatality recorded in St. Croix County in 2019. 

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