Sparta man charged in high-speed pursuit

2013-08-28T00:00:00Z 2013-08-28T08:25:49Z Sparta man charged in high-speed pursuitBy ANNE JUNGEN | La Crosse Tribune

A Sparta man told authorities he was high on crack cocaine when he led them on a pursuit early Saturday with speeds reaching more than 100 mph.

Seth Arttus, 30, didn’t stop for officers about 12:35 a.m. near Braund Street and Hwy. 16 in Onalaska when they tried to stop him for a suspended registration, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Arttus continued though intersections at 50 mph and red lights on Hwy. 16 at Theater and Kinney Coulee Roads. He led police onto the interstate, where speeds reached 111 mph, the complaint states.

He drove around construction cones to pass a semi before taking exit 12 at West Salem. Arttus then blew through stop signs and continued on Buol Road toward Bangor at speeds of 101 mph, according to the complaint.

Arttus nearly struck a La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department squad car at 80 mph before the deputy stopped pursuing him, according to the complaint. The deputy found his abandoned Ford Expedition on Hwy. 162.

A Vernon County sheriff’s police dog helped find Arttus hiding in briars. He apologized and told deputies he “was having some major problems and he wanted to crash during the chase,” according to the complaint.

He also admitted to smoking crack cocaine just before the pursuit.

Prosecutors charged him Tuesday with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and misdemeanor bail jumping. He returns to court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing and is jailed on a $2,500 cash bond.

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(17) Comments

  1. lutefisk
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    lutefisk - August 28, 2013 7:03 pm
    Drugs r bad mkaayy
  2. lectronman
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    lectronman - August 28, 2013 5:29 pm
    This person is a true loser!!!!!!!! He ripped off my 83 year old mother in Tomah for repairs on her house. charged her $8400 for nasty looking repairs on her house. terrible work. like a 12 year old might do. He painted over rotted wood that he was supposed to repair. Information as well as pics will probably go to district attorney when compiled. Fraud is a crime. Guess we know where he got money for crack........
  3. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - August 28, 2013 5:19 pm
    I am not a fan of drugs and criminals, but hacking off the hand of another human being is not my bag either.
  4. NotToday
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    NotToday - August 28, 2013 4:28 pm
    The needle exchange providers clean needles, cotton balls, a little cup, saline, basically a little care package with all you need to be an IV drug addict and anyone can get it! They even provide Narcan so if your buddy ODs, you can maybe save him! I would much rather our tax money went to helping people BEFORE they commit crimes or cross the line to heroin than pay for their jail stays AFTER they commit a crime! We should focus on prevention and help. Most addicts stay addicts because of the fear and agony associated with withdrawal, so why not figure out a program to help them through withdrawals more comfortably while dealing with the real pain they do have? At least 1/2 the news stories involving crime in just today's news or young deaths in the obits could have been prevented if these people had an option to get help that was easily accessible without worrying about insurance, huge medical bills, and the biggest fear of all..going cold turkey! Our hospitals do not offer this!!
  5. NotToday
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    NotToday - August 28, 2013 4:20 pm
    FUBAR: I would have fully agreed with you until about a year ago when an officer taking my report informed me of the huge problem in this area with heroin/meth/crack and that he is responding to 1 OD a week (formerly 1/month). He is finding more housewives and everyday people addicted or dead of OD than anyone else. I mentioned this before, but he said people are prescribed pain meds for legit reasons, become addicted, the doc blackballs them so now they are addicted and usually in real pain, but with no help! He said you could buy pills on the street for $5-80 depending on the type/strength while the equivalent in heroin was $25-50! All it takes is a desperate person in the throws of withdrawal getting offered relief and once they cross that line, there is no coming back! Why do we have free needle exchanges where you can get all the supplies you need to be an IV drug addict, but we don't have programs to help wean addicts off drugs and/or rehab?
  6. scomls
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    scomls - August 28, 2013 2:28 pm
    And who should pay for said "treatment" ? The taxpayers ? NOT TODAY.
  7. scomls
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    scomls - August 28, 2013 2:26 pm
    Yes "mother" - you may indeed do the cutting. I will sharpen the knife ... a little.
  8. a mother too
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    a mother too - August 28, 2013 10:31 am
    OMG!!! that is hilarious! You are funny, and have a great idea, can I do the cutting, I have poor eyesight and may knick a artery with the first cut?!
  9. a mother too
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    a mother too - August 28, 2013 10:30 am
    yes, a trial, and then some moron team returned her job back!?
  10. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - August 28, 2013 9:55 am
    You can only become a "drug addict" if you are stupid enough to try drugs in the first place.
  11. katydid
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    katydid - August 28, 2013 9:46 am
    Drug addicts do need treatment.. They should have more treatment programs and options in the jail.. otherwise they get locked up for awhile, get angrier, and go out and do it again.
  12. scomls
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    scomls - August 28, 2013 8:22 am
    I disagree - they dont need treatment - they need penalties with teeth in them. Who has never heard of DARE - who does not know that drugs are wrong / bad / illegal / stupid ??? From the time we are in grade school we are taught that drugs are trouble yet far too many losers continue to use them. I suggest we remove a finger every time someone is caught using or in possession of drugs. Remove a hand from convicted dealers - maybe an entire arm. They would eventually get the hint ..... maybe.
  13. Nugget
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    Nugget - August 28, 2013 6:58 am
    Where is all your indignation with the drunk drivers? That happens every day! That's legal! You don't get to have it both ways. Prohibition doesn't work. They tried it with alcohol already. Locking them up in prison doesn't fix the underlying issue of addiction. They need mandatory treatment. The same goes for those with multiple DUI's.
  14. nels
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    nels - August 28, 2013 6:46 am
    2500 bond and he will be out. judge should impound his car or he'll be back on the road.most people won't lend him their car and his next high speed chase on a bike would be less dramatic. as for nothing happen to stratman, seems she was fired and had to stand trial if you think that is nothing you must lead quite a life.
  15. Seriously Now
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    Seriously Now - August 28, 2013 6:40 am
    And if we make druggies legal users, this kind of story will happen every day.
  16. for real
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    for real - August 28, 2013 2:02 am
    Or.....let him least he didn't kill anyone..... who was the sheriff??? Stratman.....she killed an innocent teenager....nothing happened to her!
  17. Cataract smart
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    Cataract smart - August 28, 2013 1:02 am
    Legit excuse? Only if you're a crackhead. Lock him up, he's too stupid to be a functioning member of society!!
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