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La Crosse inmate nicknamed “Trainwreck,” charged with escape attempts, attack on deputy

Brad Williams



A La Crosse County jail inmate, who’s known by the nickname “Trainwreck,” is accused of attempting to escape, twice, as well as beating up a jail officer. 


A criminal complaint says that on Nov. 27, Jeremy Breidel of La Crosse allegedly pretended that he swallowed a toothbrush in jail, so he could be taken to Gundersen, as part of an escape plan. 

Doctors did not find a toothbrush in his body. 

As Breidel was being taken back to jail by Reserve Deputy Patrick Hogan, he reportedly head-butted and beat Hogan.

The deputy received multiple injuries on his face, arms and legs.

Breidel made two attempts to run away while wearing his orange jail uniform. Once outside the hospital and, again, on South 4th Street, where he tried to steal a transport van.

He was captured by La Crosse Police officers.

The district attorney’s office charged him with escape and battery by a prisoner.

Back in 2014, Breidel was convicted of trying to flee from an officer while driving. 

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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