UPDATE: Woman Injured After Squad Hits Car; Chase Suspect Arrested

UPDATED Sunday, July 8, 2012 --- 8:57 p.m.

From our news partner WLUK:

BROWN COUNTY - Brown County authorities say the man suspected of leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through Oconto and Brown Counties has been arrested.

Jail officials confirm 25-year-old Kyle Buckles, of Green Bay, was arrested in Ashwaubenon, and booked into the Brown County Jail at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Buckles is being held on a probation hold.

Green Bay police are recommending charges of obstructing police.

Oconto County Sheriff's officials are recommending charges of hit and run involving injury, taking a vehicle without consent and fleeing officers.

Buckles is accused of leading officers on a high speed chase Saturday which began in Oconto County around 11 a.m., and spilled into Brown County, before ending with a foot chase in Green Bay.

He allegedly stole a Dodge Viper in Oconto County, and was pursued by officers through Oconto County and Brown County, before he abandoned the car near Baird Creek in Green Bay and took off on foot.

During the chase, a Brown County sheriff's deputy, 53-year-old Rueben Meisner, lost control of his squad on US 41 and collided with a Milwaukee woman's car.

27-year-old Michelle Lecker was driving her Grand Am northbound on US 41 near Lakeview Road around 11:15 Saturday morning.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said Meisner had swerved to avoid stop sticks set up to deflate the tires of the Dodge Viper Buckles was allegedly driving, and authorities were pursuing for auto theft, on southbound US 41.

Meisner lost control and crossed the centerline. Both vehicles came to rest in the east ditch of US 41.

Lecker was extricated from her car. Both she, her passenger, 28-year-old Paul Micheel of Daggett, Mch., and the deputy were taken to St. Vincent's hospital in Green Bay.

Police said Lecker has life threatening injuries. Micheel and Meisner both sustained non-life threatening injuries.

St. Vincent Hospital reported Lecker remained in critical condition Sunday.


Posted Sunday, July 8, 2012 --- 1:28 p.m.

HOWARD, Wis. (AP) -- A Milwaukee woman remains in critical condition a day after her car was hit head-on by a Brown County Sheriff deputy's squad car.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says Deputy Rueben Meisner lost control of his car on Saturday near Green Bay, as he and other officers were pursuing a stolen car on U.S. Highway 41. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Meisner swerved to avoid a tire deflation device, crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming car.

The driver is identified as 27-year-old Michelle Lecker of Milwaukee. St. Vincent Hospital reports Sunday she is still in critical condition.

Meisner and a male passenger in Lecker's car received non-life threatening injuries.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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