Man leads police on 18-hour chase, steals car and ends up in ER with frost bite in Trempealeau County

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Trempealeau County (WQOW) – A Rhinelander man is behind bars after leading police on an 18-hour chase in Trempealeau County.

According to the sheriff’s office, the chase started around 7:33 Thursday night when police tried to pull over Eddie Larrea, 36, because he had a headlight out.

During the chase, Larrea crashed and took off running.

While police were searching for Larrea, he stole a vehicle from a sand mine which led to another chase. He ended up ramming into an Independence police squad.

Larrea was finally taken into custody near Highway 53 and County Road CC.

While Larrea was running from police, he suffered frost bite because he was not wearing any shoes.

Police found one ounce of marijuana in his vehicle. He is being charged with felony fleeing, stealing a vehicle, ramming a police vehicle and possession of THC. It took 18 hours, and 12 officers to take him into custody.

According to the sheriff’s office, if Larrea had not fled from officers, he would have been given a warning for the headlight and either given a misdemeanor or a city citation for the marijuana.

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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