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Brown Co. Sheriff's Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in high-speed chase crash

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County prosecutors said a sheriff’s deputy did nothing wrong when he chased down a stolen car at 90 miles an hour, and struck another vehicle in which a woman was critically injured.

District Attorney David Lasee said deputy Rueben Meisner did not commit recklessness or criminal negligence in the July 7th incident on the Highway 41 expressway near Green Bay.

Authorities said the stolen car got into a hit-and-run crash in Oconto County – and officers had chased the vehicle south into Brown County before Meisner’s squad car swerved to avoid spike-sticks that another deputy laid on the road to try and stop the offending driver.

The squad car slammed into a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Michelle Lecker of Milwaukee. Her fiancé had minor injuries.

Meisner, who’s 54, returned to duty after being injured.

Reports said Lecker went through several months of rehab and treatments – and she has filed papers indicating that she may seek her medical payments in a civil lawsuit. 

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