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Calumet man pleads not guilty after high-speed pursuit

FLORENCE, Wis. — A Calumet man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of 100 mph pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Florence County Circuit Court.

Laurence Zeugner, 32, is charged with attempting to flee or elude an officer, a felony punishable by up to three years and six months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, troopers with the Michigan State Police attempted to stop Zeugner on Dec. 10 for driving a blue Subaru with a defective tail light in Iron County.

Troopers notified Florence County sheriff’s deputies when Zeugner fled toward the Florence county line, the complaint stated.

Deputies reportedly pursued Zeugner on U.S. 2 as he crossed into Michigan, reaching speeds of about 100 mph.

Zeugner then turned south onto Pine Mountain Road and continued into Kingsford on South Westwood Avenue, the complaint stated.

As deputies turned from South Westwood onto West Breitung Avenue, they found the blue Subaru sideways in the road with substantial damage. No one was inside, the complaint stated.

Deputies, along with Kingsford Public Safety officers, then pursued Zeugner on foot until he stopped and put his hands in the air. He was arrested without incident, the complaint stated.

Deputies later learned Zeugner had an active felony warrant out of Fond du Lac County for failure to appear in court for possession of cocaine and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, that Zeugner had an expired driver’s license and the Subaru’s license plate was from a 2001 Ford station wagon, the complaint stated.

A pre-trial conference is set for April 20.

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