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Trempealeau man gets 13 years for shooting at La Crescent police during high-speed chase

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One of the two men charged with shooting at La Crescent police last July is headed to prison in Minnesota.

William Wallraff of Trempealeau, Wis., received a 13-year prison term, after pleading guilty to assault.

An attempted murder charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Wallraff and a La Crosse man, Wyatt Helfrich, were charged with firing shots at La Crescent police during a high-speed chase.

Helfrich is still jailed in Houston County, waiting to be tried for attempted murder.

The incident began around 1:30 a.m. July 31, 2017, when La Crescent police officers saw the two men behaving suspiciously at the 3rd St. Kwik Trip in town.

The two allegedly fired shots at La Crescent police officers Ryan Quanrud and Christopher Frick during the traffic stop.

After, they took off reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour as police pursued from La Crescent, through Hokah and to Caledonia.

During the chase, Helfrich, driving, would slow down to lure the squad car closer, so Wallfraff could shoot at the officers.

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They were stopped with spike strips and crashed into a ditch on Hwy. 44 in Caledonia.

The two tried to run  leaving behind a shotgun, another rifle and ammunition  but soon surrendered.

 

 

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