LA CROSSE—Police found a taxi driver dying in the trunk of his car after a high-speed chase ended in a crash early Friday in Holmen.
Authorities said Timmy Lansing Johnson Jr., 25, of Lancaster, abducted and beat the 79-year-old Platteville taxi driver Thursday, just hours after Johnson was released from Grant County jail.
A La Crosse officer tried to stop the unmarked cab, which had been reported stolen, about 1:10 a.m. at Second and La Crosse streets when the driver did not match the victim’s description.
Johnson sped north through La Crosse and Onalaska on Hwy 35 and reached nearly 115 mph before crashing into another car and rolling near the junction with Highway 53, according to La Crosse police.
Authorities tried to revive the victim, who was found in the trunk of the 1994 Ford Taurus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim’s injuries suggested he was beaten prior to the crash, police said. An autopsy is underway.