BLAIR, Wis. (RELEASE) -- On 11/8/18 at about 7:33pm the Blair Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for a headlight out when the driver didn’t yield, a pursuit was initiated that resulted in dangerous driving and high speed in an around the City of Blair.
In conjunction with the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office, the Whitehall and Independence Police Departments the pursuit resulted in the use of road spikes on the suspect vehicle. The driver crashed and fled on foot which resulted in an exhaustive search of the area around Us Hwy 53 and Bunyan and Dubbert Roads.
The County K-9 unit was deployed to track the driver. While the deputies and officers searched the wooded areas near the crash site, the suspect fled to an adjacent sand mine and stole a vehicle from that sand mine property which resulted in another vehicle pursuit. The suspect led law enforcement on another chase with the suspect ramming the Independence Police squad vehicle with the stolen vehicle. The second chase ended in the suspect being boxed in near Us Hwy 53 and County Rd CC. Eddie Larrea, age 36, of Rhinelander WI was taken into custody without incident. While Eddie was on foot, after the first pursuit, he suffered frostbite and minor scrapes to his feet because he wore no shores. He was taken immediately to the Whitehall ER where he was treated and released from care at about 1:30 pm on 11/9/18. A search of the suspect vehicle resulted in locating about 1oz of Marijuana. He was transferred by Blair Police Department to the Trempealeau County Jail for booking in of Felony Fleeing, Stealing a Vehicle, Ramming a Police Vehicle and Possession of THC. The total time of this incident was 18hours and 12 personnel to get a safe resolution of this incident from the beginning of the chase, to the hospital, and ending at the jail. Chief Wheeler of the Blair Police wants to relay appreciation for all the agencies in their high level of effort in handling this in a professional, proficient and safe manner. All this could have been avoided by just stopping for law enforcement. The headlight out would have been a warning for repair and the THC is either a misdemeanor arrest or city ordinance citation and release, either of which has a short lasting effect on Eddie’s life in comparison to the current charges.