Rochester man arrested after arson threat in Trempealeau County

TREMPEALEAU COUNTY (WKBT) — A Rochester, Minn., man was arrested over the weekend after threatening arson in Trempealeau County and fleeing police at more than 90 mph.

Jeremy MartinAccording to the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office, Jeremy Scott Martin, 36, showed up Saturday at a home on Hwy. 54 in the town of Gale, despite a resident having a restraining order against him.

The resident called police and reported that Martin threatened violence against them, threats that included arson and explosive devices. While the resident was on the phone with 911, Martin tried to break into the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

The resident fired a handgun and Martin fled, police say.

Deputies arrived and evacuated the home, spotting Martin’s vehicle driving away. Other officers tried to pull him over, but he continued to flee, reaching speeds of more than 90 mph on Hwy. 54/35. Eventually, the Winona Police Department used a tire deflation device to stop the vehicle, according to the release.

Martin fled on foot and was later arrested by Winona police.

Martin is in custody in Minnesota and will be extradited to Wisconsin.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Winona Police Department, Trempealeau County ERT, and Galesville Fire Department.


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