Man arrested after high speed chase in La Crosse

Man arrested after high speed chase in L

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A high speed chase occurred early Friday morning following a suspicious call to the La Crosse police from Walgreens on West Avenue.

According to a police report, the manager of Walgreens reported a customer tried to fill what looked like a fake prescription.

When police arrived they approached a man fitting the description of the suspect, who then got into his vehicle and drove off. Police attempted to stop the car, but it continued accelerating, reaching speeds near 70 miles per hour on West Avenue. The officer stopped the pursuit due to the high rate of speed, and pulled over. 

According to the report, the officer saw the suspect vehicle tail lights go into the air and overturn from a distance. The officer then continued to the crash site and found the car lying on its side. The suspect crawled out of the vehicle and ran. Two passengers, a man and a woman, were still in the car. Both had sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Police tracked the suspect through his footprints in the snow. Jerry D. Berry, 36, was arrested and charged with second degree reckless endangering safety, operating with a restricted controlled substance causing injury, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, vehicle operator fleeing or eluding officer causing bodily harm, operating after suspension, speeding, and reckless driving causing bodily harm.



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