Pedestrian Grant Traffic Stop Leads to 3 Arrests

Pedestrian SafetyOn Monday, August 24th at 8:43AM, Officers were working a Wisconsin Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Traffic Grant at West Avenue and Vine Street when a vehicle failed to yield to a pedestrian.  As an Officer pulled the vehicle over near 300 11th Street South and attempted to make contact with the driver, two passengers fled on foot.

One of the two passengers that fled the vehicle was apprehended within minutes near the area of 900 King Street and was arrested for two local warrants, a Probation Hold, Felony Bail Jumping, and Resisting Arrest.  The second person that fled has yet to be identified.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and issued three traffic citations.  One passenger that remained in the vehicle was arrested for a Probation Hold and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Traffic Grant, the La Crosse Police Department is able to place additional high visibility pedestrian and vehicle enforcement patrols in areas of the City that were determined to be areas of concern in the City of La Crosse 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.  The additional enforcement, which can include bicycle patrol and foot patrol, with both uniformed and plain clothes officers, focuses on pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic laws and safety.  The goals for these grants are to reduce traffic-related injuries and death; to gain voluntary compliance with existing laws and ordinances; and improve the safety and coexistence of all modes of transportation.

Upcoming Pedestrian Safety Traffic Grant patrol dates include August 28th and September 8th, 10th, 15th, and 17th.


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