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State Patrol: Driver wanted for hit-and-run speeds off from traffic stop

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Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 7:47 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The state patrol says a Fond du Lac woman wanted for a hit-and-run in Winnebago County was arrested after speeding off from a traffic stop in Brown County.

Samantha LeMaster, 25, made her initial appearance in Brown County Friday. According to the criminal complaint, LeMaster was stopped Thursday for speeding on I-41. She told the state trooper she forgot her license and was speeding because she was late picking up a friend from work.

After the trooper was alerted she had a warrant for a hit-and-run in Winnebago County, LeMaster sped off.

The trooper followed her but terminated the pursuit after she exited the highway onto city streets.

De Pere police found the car in a Festival Foods parking lot. Officers and troopers searched for her and found her near the JX Truck Center behind the supermarket.

The court set a $2,500 cash bond. Online records indicate she’s still in the Brown County Jail.

Online court records show the warrant was issued the day before the traffic stop, after she failed to make her initial appearance.

The hit-and-run charge in Winnebago County is a misdemeanor. The fleeing and eluding charge is a felony that carries up to 3 1/2 years in prison. Brown County also charged her for speeding on a freeway.

Her next appearance in Brown County court is scheduled for February 5.

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