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UPDATE: Authorities ID two men killed in chase and crash near Portage

UPDATE (WKOW) — Authorities have identified the two people killed Monday following a chase and crash on the Interstate near Portage.

Ter’Rance Phillit Simmons, 24, is suspected in the kidnapping attempt.

Terrance P. Simmons, 25, was the passenger.


PORTAGE (WKOW) — Police say one of the two people killed in a crash Monday near Portage was a suspect in a kidnapping and assault in the city of Schofield.

Just after midnight Sunday, officers responded to a report of battery in Schofield, according to a  press release from the Everest Metro Police.

Police learned a woman had been beaten and forcefully taken from the scene by a man believed to be the woman’s boyfriend, authorities said.

Late Sunday afternoon, police said they found and interviewed the woman. The woman said her boyfriend was armed with a loaded handgun.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation helped find the vehicle the man might be using.

“While local law enforcement was attempting to locate and make contact with the car, the vehicle crashed at a high rate of speed,” police said.

Two people died at the scene Monday morning after a crash on the Interstate near Portage involving the suspect in an attempted kidnapping.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Portage Police Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol were attempting to locate and contact a vehicle believed to be carrying an individual suspected of a kidnapping attempt in central Wisconsin.

The suspect-vehicle crashed into the back of a semi-trailer, according to a news release.

The driver and one passenger in the suspect-vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is assisted by the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office. Wisconsin State Patrol, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and Portage Police Department.

DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office when the investigation concludes.

Dispatch audio indicates officers observed the Nissan Altima reaching speeds of more than one hundred miles per hour at times before the crash.

Authorities say the attempted kidnapping took place in the Schofield area. They have yet to release details of the incident.

A medical examiner has also yet to release the identities of the crash victims.

The crash on was reported on southbound I-39 near Highway 33 just before 8 a.m. Monday and was cleared shortly after noon.



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