Suspect leads police on 100 mph chase to French Island, crashes through fence
TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WKBT) — Police are looking for a 29-year-old man they say fled from a Holmen officer Friday morning, then led police on a chase throughout French Island before crashing through a fence to escape onto I-90.
The driver was identified as Tommy Lavelle Martin of Dodge, Wisconsin, in Trempealeau County. Town of Campbell Police Chief Andrew Gavrilos said police are continuing to search for Martin, who is described as 5’7″ and 160 pounds. He is a Black man with brown eyes and black hair.
According to the police department, a Holmen police officer attempted to pull Martin over at about 10:30 a.m. on Hwy. 53 after another driver reported that he was driving erratically.
Martin fled in a white 2003 Acura, traveling over 100 mph on Hwy. 53 and onto I-90, according to Campbell police. The pursuing officer ended the pursuit due to safety concerns but stayed behind him to monitor Martin’s direction.
Martin got off the interstate on French Island and was located by Campbell police. Officers with Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska, and the Wisconsin State Patrol pursued Martin through the town of Campbell and Martin came close to hitting a Holmen officer while he was standing outside of his vehicle putting out the spike strips. Martin is also accused of nearly hitting two police vehicles head-on.
Police say Martin drove through the fence next to Sky Harbour Drive near the baseball field and International Furniture, then through a second fence to get back on the interstate. Pursuing officers lost sight of him and ended the pursuit.
At 1:06 p.m., the white Acura was found unoccupied in the city of La Crosse and impounded. Martin is still at large.
According to a press release, Martin will face numerous felony charges when he is located. Anyone with information should contact the Campbell Police Department at 608-785-5942.
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