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Prescott man charged with multiple felonies after fleeing from police

A Prescott man was booked into Pierce County Jail Friday morning on eight different charges after leading law enforcement on a car chase.

John Paul Lubich, 23, 372 Elm St., was booked around 4:40 a.m. on charges of felony first degree reckless endangerment, criminal damage to property, knowingly fleeing an officer, tampering with ignition interlock device, bail jumping, operating while intoxicated, probation/parole hold and operating motor vehicle after revocation. 

The incident report states around 3:40 a.m., a tenant in the apartment complex on Shane Park Circle in Prescott called 9-1-1 due to what was believed a domestic dispute between a male and female next door.

Prescott Police was the first to respond, but asked for assistance from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as the male, identified as Lubich, had fled.

Within minutes, they find his vehicle and attempt a traffic stop, but he flees again.

Lubich is eastbound on 570th Ave., where Sheriff’s officers catch up to him again and have him boxed in. Lubich tries driving forward but runs into Sergeant Pete Koch’s squad car. As Lubich backs up he then runs into Deputy Andy Thoms’s car as he tries to flee. Lubich pulls away from Thoms’ car and tries to escape. As he is doing so, Thoms, to avoid being hit, has to dive into a snowbank.

Lubich’s last move proves unsuccessful for him as the car got stuck in the snow where he was eventually arrested. A River Falls medic was called to assist with an evaluation, but was called off.  

Pierce County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jason Mattys said both squad cars sustained only minor damage.

Lubich was charged Friday afternoon in Pierce County Circuit Court with the following felonies: two counts of second degree reckless endangering safety, three counts of felony bail jumping, OWI (fourth within five years), vehicle operator to flee/elude officer and two counts of criminal damage to highway/vehicle. In addition, he was charged with operating while revoked.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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