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Report: Deputy was not aware of stop sticks during high speed chase

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin State Patrol has released its report on a July high-speed pursuit that ended after a Brown County Deputy lost control of his squad car and crashed into a Milwaukee woman’s car. 

The report findings will be important in a lawsuit filed by the 27-year Milwaukee woman who was severely injured in the crash. 

The report finds that the Deputy Ruben Meisner was not aware of stop sticks deployed along Highway 41 at that location. 

He was the lead car in the pursuit of a stolen Dodge Viper. 

The report also hints that Deputy Mesiner may have been following to close.  The report's author also says there appears to have been enough time for another Deputy to pull the stop sticks back. 

After the Viper ran over the sticks, Deputy Meisner was warned over the radio to watch out for the sticks. 

Second later, Deputy Mesiner took evasive maneuvers, crossing the median and slammed into Michele Lecker’s car. 

Law enforcement are trained to drive over stop sticks if they are left in the road way.

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