#childabuse | Attempted traffic stop leads to multi-county high-speed chase, police say

PORTAGE, Wis. — Law enforcement officers with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a high-speed chase Saturday morning after a woman refused to stop during an attempted traffic stop.

During the following pursuit, the driver, 34-year-old Tiffany D. Babitz led law enforcement through the city of Portage, into Sauk County via Highway 33, back into Columbia County via Highway 33 and eventually into Dane County via I90-94.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office was able to successfully deflate the tires of Babitz’s vehicle, forcing her to pull over onto the roadway shoulder. Babitz then ran from the scene, but she was quickly apprehended by law enforcement.

Following the chase, police discovered two passengers inside Babitz’s vehicle: a 65-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy who were both uninjured.

Because the chase took place in multiple jurisdictions, Babitz is facing charges from multiple law enforcement agencies. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is charging Babitz with felony eluding an officer, recklessly endangering safety and she has been referred to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office for child neglect. The Wisconsin State Patrol charged Babitz with felony eluding an officer, operating with a  restricted controlled substance with a minor present and body only arrest warrant.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Portage Police Department, the Deforest Police Department and Madison and Maple Bluff K9 unites all helped with the incident.

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