DEER PARK, Wis. — Authorities said a Stillwater, Minn., motorcyclist was killed Saturday, July 6, after being struck in traffic by a New Richmond man being pursued by sheriff's deputies.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office said Dustin Edward Kalland, 39, died Saturday after Brandon Michael Lieffring, 37, crashed into the motorcycle Kalland was driving on Highway 46 in the village of Deer Park. Kalland was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lieffring allegedly ran from the crash and was arrested by deputies after a short foot chase. He was being held in St. Croix County jail on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, knowingly operating while suspended and a probation hold.
According to the sheriff's department, the incident began at 4:12 p.m. when deputies responded to a report of a 2013 Jeep Liberty was taken without permission; a no-contact order violation also had occurred there, the complainant reported.
Deputies found the Jeep and attempted a traffic stop on Highway 65 north of New Richmond. The driver didn't stop, prompting a pursuit.
Deputies said Lieffring passed several other vehicles on the left-hand side in the village before approaching a group of motorcycles attempting to turn left on Main Street near North Street West where the collision occurred.