Man accused of injuring child, officer, crashing squad

Man accused of injuring child, officer, crashing squad

Eau Claire police say a man is in custody after injuring a child, fighting with an officer and then stealing and crashing his squad car.

Police were called to a residence around midnight Sunday on a report of “family trouble.” Police spokeswoman Bridget Coit said a 20-year-old man had injured a child, then went down the block to start a fight at another home. Coit said when the suspect came outside, he started fighting with an officer. The injured officer attempted to use a stun gun on the man.

WQOW-TV reported the suspect then stole the officer’s squad car and crashed it into four parked cars and a fence. Officers used an opening in a broken squad window to pepper spray the man who then got out of the vehicle and was hit with bean bag rounds.

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