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Charges filed against man who allegedly led police on chase, threatened to kill officer

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Eau Claire County (WQOW) - Charges were filed Friday against the Eau Claire man accused of leading police on a chase through the city before he was finally caught in Lake Hallie.

David Marin is accused of recklessly endangering safety, attempting to flee officers, threatening an officer and other charges.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Eau Claire County Court:

On Tuesday, police were called to a restaurant after Marin, who was allegedly drunk, refused to pay his bill and threatened to kill the manager as he took a picture of Marin's license plate. Marin allegedly said he would take a picture of the manager so if he saw him on the street he could kill him.

Marin allegedly drove thru the restaurant's grass. Police gave chase several times but stopped for safety reasons.

At one point speeds hit 70 to 95 mph and they say Marin was driving into oncoming traffic.

A female passenger contacted police saying she didn't want to be riding in the truck and was trying to get Marin to stop. Police say she appeared to try and get out of the truck several times but she said each time Marin would accelerate.

The chase finally ended when officers forced the truck to crash just south of the Farm and Fleet in Lake Hallie.

They say Marin then started punching an arresting officer in the head and had to be tased.

They say he later threatened to kill that officer. An officer said Marin looked directly at him and said, "I am going to kill you."

Another officer asked Marin if he had just threatened to kill an officer. The complain says Marin responded that when the officer does not have a badge on he is a civilian and he would kill a civilian.

Bond was set at $15,000 cash on Friday. Marin returns to court in June.

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