Nikki L. Schnacky,

Behind the wheel

A 33-year-old Cameron woman could face up to half a dozen years behind bars after allegedly leading Cumberland and Turtle Lake police officers on an 80-mph-plus chase through parts of Barron and Polk counties early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, 2019, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents.

A Nov. 4 complaint identifies the defendant as Nikki L. Schnacky, 315 N. First St., Cameron.

She was charged with attempted fleeing and eluding, two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping and driving while revoked, second offense, after a high-speed chase that started in Cumberland.

The complaint said a Cumberland officer ran a records check on a vehicle he saw in the city shortly before 1 a.m. Nov. 3. It turned out the vehicle had an expired license plate.

The officer stopped the vehicle near the corner of Eighth Avenue and Elm Street. At first, the vehicle pulled over, but then took off at high speed.

The officer turned on his siren and gave chase as the fleeing vehicle went through a pair of stop signs, then left town going south on U.S. Hwy. 63.

The officer radioed for help from the Turtle Lake Police Department. But the fleeing vehicle then went west on County Hwy. G into Polk County at speeds estimated at 85 mph. Polk County deputies were notified as the chase continued in a rural area northwest of Turtle Lake.

The Cumberland officer saw the suspect vehicle turn into a residential driveway near Silver Lake (Polk County). The vehicle went around a garage on the property and the officer lost sight of it.

The officer drew his weapon and rounded the corner of the garage, where he saw the suspect car crashed head-on into several downed trees. Nobody was in the vehicle. The Cumberland and Turtle Lake officers started a ground search and found a woman, later identified as the defendant, next to a nearby Dumpster.

The complaint said the defendant allegedly gave “inconsistent answers” to the officers’ questions. At first, she did not respond when asked if there were other people in the vehicle, then said she didn’t know, and later said she was a passenger, but couldn’t give names or other information about who else might have been in the vehicle.

Polk County deputies arrived with a K9 officer, but the dog couldn’t find any additional trail that might indicate someone else was in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly found marijuana, a weighing scale and rolling papers. At the time of the incident, the defendant was free on bond in connection with a misdemeanor charge of driving while revoked, filed in September 2019.

Court records said Schnacky is being held on $250 cash bond pending a Nov. 13 preliminary hearing.