Eau Claire man arrested in Chippewa Co. after leading deputies on foot chase

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators caught an Eau Claire man accused of driving a vehicle without the owners permission after a search near Elk Mound.

On Monday night, deputies arrested Emmanuel Erickson, 29 of Eau Claire near the intersection of 1010th Street and 35th Avenue in the Chippewa County Town of Wheaton, which is near Elk Mound. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says his deputies responded to a report of a man walking through someone's yard in the area Monday night. When they arrived at the scene, the man ran into the woods, and then into a field. Deputies chased him back to a road, where they caught him. Kowalczyk says it took them about a half hour to find and arrest him.

Kowalczyk says it's unclear whether there's a connection between Erickson and the owner of the vehicle, which was found nearby. Erickson was taken to the Chippewa County Jail and then transferred to the Eau Claire County Jail. No charges have been filed in the case. Court records show that Erickson also faces a meth possession charge that was filed in April in a separate Eau Claire County case.

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