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Drunk man walks onto the ice on riverfront

Brad Williams

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It’s a good thing the river was frozen over the weekend.

La Crosse police say a drunk man walked through Riverside Park on Saturday night, and actually went out onto the ice.

Security camera footage shows the man emptying his pockets and walking out onto the ice of the main channel of the Mississippi River. The man was discovered about ten feet out onto the ice, close to open water.

He spent about 20 minutes out on the ice, before police were able to coax him back to shore.

They say he blew a .29 on a breathalyzer and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Individual on Ice at Riverside Park

On Saturday evening 02/02/2019 shortly after 8PM, Officers responded to Riverside Park for a welfare check on an individual who was upset, had emptied their pockets and walked out onto the ice of the main channel of the Mississippi River. Upon arrival, Officers located the subject at the base of the rock levy and after several minutes of talking with the individual, they were able to coax the subject off of the ice. The individual was intoxicated and provided a breath test of .29, which is over three times the legal limit to drive. Due to the subject’s intoxication level, the subject was unable to answer basic questions correctly, thought the month was August, and fell down repeatedly while on the ice. In reviewing Safecam Cameras mounted in Riverside Park they captured this individual walking onto the ice multiple times over the course of about a 20 minute period of time. The individual was approximately 10 feet onto the ice and was within 2 feet of open water. This situation was extremely dangerous for all involved. We would like to thank the responding Officers for their quick response and actions that brought this situation to a successful resolution. A special thanks to the La Crosse Fire Department for having their water rescue unit available as well as Tri-State Ambulance. The individual was taken into protective custody and transported to a local medical facility for evaluation.

Posted by City of La Crosse Police Department on Tuesday, February 5, 2019