Driver, 17, and sister arrested after high-speed chase in Racine County
RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Two sisters, 17 and 24 years old, are in the Racine County jail accused of driving over 100 miles per hour and leading officials on a high-speed chase.
Seventeen-year-old Nevaeh Spruce appeared in Racine County court Tuesday afternoon on a charge of fleeing/eluding an officer, which is a felony. Police gave her address as Shawano, but court records indicate she more recently lived in Green Bay.
Sheriff’s officials say at about 2:20 Monday morning, Spruce was driving her Jeep Compass 107 MPH on Interstate 94 with her 24-year-old sister, Desiree Webster, from Clintonville, in the passenger seat.
Deputies tried to pull them over but the driver continued speeding southbound, making “evasive maneuvers” at high speeds. The Jeep eventually stopped near the end of a highway exit ramp, ending the three-mile pursuit.
Spruce and Webster were taken into custody. Deputies spotted open cans of Twisted Tea, an alcohol beverage, in the front center console.
“Deputies also observed fresh vomit on the inside of the front passenger door along with vomit on the outside of the front and rear passenger-door/windows,” reads a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Officials say Spruce registered a preliminary breath test of 0.11. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is 0.08, but drivers under 21 must maintain absolute sobriety. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated (1st offense), speeding, operating while suspended, and possession of open intoxicants.
The teen’s passenger provided a false name, officials say. She initially identified herself as Destiny M. Spruce, 42, of Clintonville.
But Spruce said Webster was her sister and provided her with alcohol and encouraged her to drink while fleeing deputies.
Officers later learned Webster was out on bond for two Shawano County criminal cases.
“If you are going to indulge in an adult beverage, make good decisions, arrange for a ride, stay home. But certainly don’t get on the interstate and travel over 100 miles an hour, putting everyone’s lives at risk. That’s something we take seriously,” Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Luell, public information officer for the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, said.
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