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Racine County Sheriff's Office News

ROCHESTER — A Salem Lakes man has been arrested on pending charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly forcing his wife to drive into a tree.

The crash occurred at 10:44 p.m. Saturday near Highway J and Highway A in Rochester.

Just prior to the crash, Justin Sampsel, 39, reportedly told his wife that he hoped she crashed and killed them both, according to a release from the Racine County Sheriff’s Office. Then he allegedly grabbed the wheel and turned them off the road into a tree.

The woman, who was the driver, was able to call 911 after the crash and tell dispatchers what happened.

When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle against a tree. There was heavy front-end damage to the vehicle and airbags had been deployed.

Sampsel was arrested and was in custody Sunday at the Racine County Jail.

He was not injured.

His wife was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Burlington for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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