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Rhinelander car chase ends with fatal crash

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) -

A Rhinelander man is dead after police say he led them on a chase.

Lt. Lloyd Gauthier of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says at about 8:30 p.m. Monday night, a Rhinelander police officer tried to pull over a car for speeding.

"Observed a vehicle that was concerning her with traffic violations and she turned around to make a traffic stop," said Gauthier.

Gauthier says that's when the driver sped up and tried to evade the officer.

He says 27-year-old Sean O'Corrain of Rhinelander was behind the wheel.

Sheriff's officials tell us the officer chased O'Corrain for about a mile and a half from Davenport Street in Rhinelander to the intersection of County Road K and Forest Loop Road in the Town of Newbold.

At that intersection, investigators say the car went off the road and rolled over, breaking off tree branches and leaving behind debris.

"I was so shocked because there was so much rubble and stuff laying on the ground and I just didn't know what to think," said Nicholas Bowman, a neighbor living near the crash.

Gauthier says officers don't know why O'Corrain didn't stop, but the decision cost him his life.

"We believe alcohol was a factor and we believe speed was a factor and combinations of those do result in accidents and this is an example where an accident and because of that there is a loss of life," he said.

Newsline 9 spoke with O'Corrain's mother when she visited the crash scene on Tuesday. She did not want to talk on camera, but she told a reporter she's heartbroken over the loss of her son. She says he died on his birthday and had been out celebrating with a friend.

That friend, officials say, was in O'Corrain's car and survived the crash. Investigators talked to the passenger, hoping for some answers.

"Trying to get more information for what was going on in the vehicle at the time that the traffic stop was initiated," said Gauthier

Meanwhile, friends and family leave behind flowers to remember the son and friend they lost.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department officials say several agencies are helping with the investigation into this case.

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