Manhunt Nabs Two for Marijuana in Monroe County

MONROE COUNTY, WI (Ben Caxton) — Two suspects are in custody after a vehicle pursuit turned rural manhunt Tuesday morning in Monroe County. Authorities say that when a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper stopped a car on Interstate exit ramp 43 in Tomah shortly before 10:30 AM he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked to get out of the vehicle, the driver drove off instead. The result was a high-speed police chase on the south side of Tomah with speeds at times reaching over 100 mph, and troopers losing sight of the suspects until their car was located a short time later on Highway 16 near Sparta by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Deputies then chased the car down Hazelwood Avenue before the occupants bailed and fled on foot. The suspects, identified as Janssen McGee and Paris Akon, both 27 years old, were tracked and located in an area behind the Monroe County Dog Shelter where they surrendered around 12:15 pm. Numerous police agencies were involved from the Wisconsin State Patrol and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to police from Sparta, Tomah, La Crosse, and Fort McCoy.

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