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Drunk driver leads Woodbury police on pursuit before plunging into Wisconsin lake

Officers from Minnesota plunged into frigid Lake Mallalieu waters early Thursday after a woman who led police on a chase allegedly drove her vehicle into the lake.

The Hudson Police Department said the officers removed the woman from the vehicle as it was sinking. The woman, identified by Hudson police as 35-year-old Blaine resident Candace M. Maunu, was arrested on suspicion of OWI-fifth offense.

According to a news release:

Hudson police became involved at 2:15 a.m. after learning of a police pursuit headed east on Interstate 94 from Minnesota. From there, the vehicle went north on Highway 35, past downtown Hudson and into the Lake Mallalieu boat landing.

The car stopped briefly before driving into the lake. Officers from the pursuing Minnesota agencies, which included Maplewood Police, Woodbury Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, went into the water to get the woman.

The vehicle was removed from the lake and is being held by Hudson police.

Other agencies assisting in the incident were the Minnesota State Patrol, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson Fire Department and the St. Croix EMS/Rescue-dive team.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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