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A pursuit on foot leads to an arrest in the Village of Strum



A man with a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest lead the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office on a brief manhunt in the Village of Strum Tuesday afternoon.

Trempealeau County Dispatch received a call of an erratic driver in the Co-Op Credit Union drive-up that day. The caller said a male driver in a silver car hit the rear bumper of the car in front of him. The driver also threw an orange out the window across the street. He was later identified as Jesse Honaker.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, Honaker left the car and took off running on foot. He entered the wooded area by the river and Oak Street. Law enforcement set up a perimeter and brought a K-9 to track Honaker. A drone was also used to search the area by air.

Dispatch then received a call from a citizen who said the man ran from Willow Street into the woods by the river. K-9 Luke and deputies ran after Honaker and lost sight of him after he crossed the river.

After establishing a new perimeter, the drone located Honaker in a grassy/wooded area on the bank of the river. He was arrested and checked by EMS for injuries.

Those involved in the pursuit included Trempealeau County K-9 Luke, Strum Police Department, Eleva Police Department, Osseo Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin DNR, Strum First Responders, Mayo Ambulance, and Strum-Unity First Responders.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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