On Sunday, December 27, 2020, Prairie du Chien Officers were informed of a vehicle that had been stolen from an address just outside the City of Prairie du Chien in Crawford County. Also reported stolen were two handguns with approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. The victim of the auto theft was able to identify the suspect as Christopher Easterling, age 31, of Prairie du Chien, WI. Mr. Easterling also had active warrants for his arrest and is on supervision through WI Department of Corrections.
A Prairie du Chien Police Officer was on patrol in the area of 22nd Street in the City of Prairie du Chien when he observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle. The Officer attempted to stop the vehicle after witnessing the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle refused to comply with the officer’s signal for it to stop and left the roadway, traveling through a ditch. The officer terminated the short pursuit due to the road conditions and the careless regard displayed by the driver.
Officers searched the area and found fresh tire tracks in the snow leading to a nearby residence on the 1000 block of East Cass Street. Easterling and the subject who resides at the residence are known acquaintances. While Officers were preparing to make contact at the residence, a male was observed running South bound on foot from the residence. Officers on scene were able to identify the male running as Mr. Easterling. Mr. Easterling was located attempting to hide behind a bush approximately one block from the residence. Officers attempted to make contact with Mr. Easterling and he fled on foot. A brief foot pursuit ensued resulting in Easterling’s arrest.
The vehicle that had been reported stolen was recovered at the residence located on the 1000 block of East Cass Street.
The following charges will be requested be filed through the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office: Failure to Obey Traffic Signs and Signals, Felony Eluding, Operating a Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent, Operating While Revoked, Possession of Schedule IV Narcotic, Obstructing, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional charges are expected through adjoining jurisdictions.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Milo’s Towing and Repair assisted during this incident.