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PORTAGE (WKOW) – The Columbia County Sheriff’s office arrested two people in Portage after authorities alleged they tried to run away during a traffic obstruction.

A sergeant from Columbia County drove a car down the 300 block of E. Edgewater Street at around 1am on Sunday.

According to the sergeant, the car sped away shortly after it stopped. It then slowed down to let the passenger out. She ran away and the car started again.

Authorities report that the car got stuck in a snow bank where the driver got out and ran away.

After a brief chase, law enforcement officers took the driver into custody.

Officials said they searched for the passenger for about an hour and a half and found her hiding in a nearby house. There they arrested her.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reported that the driver was Nicholas Sanger, 34, from Madison and the passenger was Ashley Lenius, 33, from Sun Prairie.

Authorities said Sanger had been arrested and charged with the felony, OWI 5th offense, resisting arrest, revocation surgery, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a two-year parole warrant.

Officials said Lenius ran to avoid a child support warrant and was taken into custody because of that warrant.

The sheriff’s office said both Sanger and Lenius are in Columbia County Jail, waiting to appear in court.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office also thanks members of the public for providing law enforcement officials with information about the suspect’s whereabouts.

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