Arrest made after vehicle pursuit beginning in Lake Hallie

Daniel Nielsen
Daniel Nielsen(Chippewa Co. Jail)
Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 5:27 PM CST
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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) -Authorities arrested a Kenosha, Wis. man after a vehicle pursuit that began in Lake Hallie.

According to a release by the Lake Hallie Police Department, on Feb. 23 at 12:16 a.m. a Lake Hallie Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on an SUV pulling a camper on Hallie Road near 22nd Avenue, Lake Hallie. The camper had no rear taillights activated.

The release by the Lake Hallie Police Department says the SUV did not stop. The vehicle sped up, and swerved, as it travelled southbound on Business Highway 53. The pursuit went into Eau Claire before going back into Lake Hallie. When the SUV reached the intersection of Melby Street and Highway 53, a woman got out of the SUV and then the SUV continued northbound on Highway 53. Once the SUV then eventually travelled its way into Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Falls Police Department officers successfully deployed spike strips. The SUV again attempted to swerve on the road after running over the stop sticks, causing the camper to overturn and unhook from the SUV. The SUV then went into a snowbank on the side of the road and got stuck, while the camper blocked both lanes of River Street, near Wagner Street, Chippewa Falls.

The Lake Hallie Police Department says in their release that as an officer attempted to take the driver, 38-year-old Daniel Nielsen, into custody, Nielsen moved from the driver’s seat, into the passenger seat and had his hands around a 41-year-old woman’s head as well as her neck. It appeared to authorities that he was grabbing near her throat area. Nielsen said that he had a knife. Nielsen eventually let go of the woman. He was removed from the vehicle and then taken into custody. Officers found out that Nielsen had active warrants from Eau Claire County for obstructing a court order, carrying a concealed knife, misdemeanor bail jumping, and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

During a search of the vehicle, authorities found multiple used needles along with a suspected methamphetamine glass smoking device.

The Lake Hallie Police Department says in their release that Nielsen was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for medical clearance. Once he was in custody, Nielsen made threatening statements towards officers. Nielsen was then taken to the Chippewa County Jail. The woman involved was released from the scene.

In addition to the active warrants from Eau Claire County, Nielsen is given recommended charges of battery/threat to law enforcement, 2nd degree reckless endanger, knowingly fleeing an officer, false imprisonment, possession of methamphetamine Paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Assisting Lake Hallie Police Department were the Chippewa Falls Police Department, Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Stanley Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol.

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