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Wanted suspects crash in Montello


It was another example of fine police work in Marquette County that put two suspects who were wanted in regard to a crime spree spanning three states behind bars.

Sheriff Kim Gaffney reported that at 1:06pm on Monday afternoon, a deputy ran the plates of a vehicle traveling on State Highway 22 in the Town of Shields. The plates came back as belonging to a vehicle that was stolen earlier that day in the Village of Grand Chute, WI, which is located near Appleton, WI.

The deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver, Colton Hancock, age 21 of Dubuque, IA, sped away from the officer, beginning a chase that would last ten minutes in a pursuit that involved two squad cars reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour. Spike strips were deployed during the chase in an attempt to slow it down.

The incident ended when Hancock, who was westbound, crashed into an eastbound county commuter van on the corner of Montello Street and Underwood Avenue by city hall. There were no passengers in the commuter van at the time of the crash.

Hancock then fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended by officers in the city of Montello.

Both Hancock and his passenger, Lisa Patten, 37 of Dubuque, IA received non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Both were taken into custody.

The suspects arrested are also wanted by various jurisdictions in Iowa and Wisconsin and have been the subject of Crime Alerts throughout Wisconsin, involving alleged crimes in Langlade County.

No officers or civilians were injured in this incident.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the City of Montello Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Marquette County EMS, and Montello Fire Department.