An incident that began as a domestic dispute in an Eastman bar ended with the arrest of a suspect following a car theft at a Prairie du Chien convenience store on Sunday, Jan. 6, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department received a report of an altercation taking place at Captain’s Daughter Tavern in Eastman just before midnight on Saturday, Jan. 5. The caller reported that the man involved had left on foot and had shown that he had a handgun in his waistband.
After being removed from the bar for fighting, Jeffrey S. Driskill, 47, from rural Steuben, convinced another person to give him a ride to Prairie du Chien.
Sheriff’s deputies arriving at the Eastman bar were informed by several witnesses that the subject had been taken to Prairie du Chien by private vehicle.
Deputies responded to Prairie du Chien when Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 report that the same man had just stolen a vehicle from Kwik Trip.
Deputies found the vehicle and stopped it. As deputies approached the stopped vehicle on foot, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. It pulled over after a few blocks and the driver was taken into custody after a short altercation with police. A loaded firearm was found in the vehicle as well.
Driskill was charged with knowingly fleeing an officer, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, operating without required headlamps and disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Bob’s Towing and Repair.