Criminal charges are pending against an Onalaska teen police say led officers on a high-speed chase late Friday before crashing a stolen van into a North Side business.
Clifton Traywick, 17, was driving without a license when officers tried to stop him near La Crosse and Fourth streets about 9 p.m., according to La Crosse police reports. Traywick fled north on Rose Street at speeds reaching 80 mph before losing control when he turned on Monitor Street and crashed into Sir Speedy Printing, 146 Rose St., reports stated.
Traywick ran from the crash to a friend’s house. His passenger, a 16-year-old juvenile, also could face charges.
Onalaska police arrested Traywick at his house late Sunday. He denied stealing the van, telling officers he had permission to drive his friend’s friend’s uncle’s vehicle.
The juvenile said Traywick offered to give him a ride from 1321 S. Fourth St. to the North Side. He denied knowing the van was stolen and said he was frightened during the pursuit, reports stated.
Traywick faces charges of operating a motor vehicle without consent, knowingly fleeing an officer, second-offense operating while suspended and hit-and-run when he appears today in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
While the damage was extensive, Sir Speed Printing remained opened Monday because the machines were not impacted by the crash, owner Kevin Fisk said.