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Man Dies After Hitting Eau Claire Co. Squad Head-On

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(credit: Wisconsin State Patrol)

(credit: Wisconsin State Patrol)

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WCCO) — A 30-year-old man is dead after crashing into an Eau Claire County Sheriff deputy’s squad head-on.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the accident occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday on Highway 10 and Humbird Street. The man, Ryan J. Bogdonovich, was being chased by police for traffic violations on Highway 10.

Authorities say the vehicle refused to pull over, traveling east on Highway 10 at a high rate of speed. The trooper chasing the vehicle, called for assistance from the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department.

The Eau Claire County deputy set up on Highway 10 to try and stop the fleeing vehicle with stop sticks. Police say the man crossed the centerline to try and avoid the stop sticks and crashed head-on into the deputy’s squad.

The deputy was outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash and was not injured. Bogdonovich was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash.

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