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La Crosse man arrested, after trying to flee police by driving through Poage Park



The chase happened Monday in the Poage-Powell neighborhood. 


Police tried to stop Chad Downs for a vehicle violation, but he drove off, turning onto several south side streets, before heading into Poage Park, potentially endangering visitors there.

The 27-year-old La Crosse man then abandoned the car and ran into a stranger’s house on 6th Street. 

The District Attorney’s office said the woman inside the house was scared by officers coming in with guns to look for Downs. 

Police dogs helped find him hiding in a crawl space. They also discovered meth in his car.  

Bond is set at $2,500 cash for Downs, who was charged with reckless endangerment, meth possession and burglary for breaking into a home to get away from officers. 


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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