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Fairchild man accused of leading chase

Authorities say he also stole multiple vehicles, tried to run from officers

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A Fairchild man is accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase in the city Eau Claire and Eau Claire County with a stolen vehicle.

The pursuit ended after the man drove through various corn and alfalfa fields and got stuck in a farm field, authorities say.

Brandon J. Pember, 32, was charged Monday in Eau Claire County Court with three felony counts of bail jumping, felony counts of attempting to flee an officer and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, and a misdemeanor count of bail jumping.

A $500 cash bail was set for Pember, who returns to court Sept. 20.

According to the criminal complaint:

Pember was wanted for burglary in Eau Claire and multiple vehicle thefts in Chippewa County and was believed to be in Cornell or Eau Claire with a stolen vehicle.

An Eau Claire police officer found the stolen vehicle Thursday on Broadview Boulevard.

The officer saw a male leave in the stolen vehicle shortly after 3 p.m.

The officer began to follow the vehicle, and the driver soon began to accelerate when he noticed he was being trailed by a squad car.

The officer then activated his emergency lights.

The driver in the stolen vehicle led the officer on a chase on Plum Street, Crescent Avenue and Curvue Road, reaching speeds of 80 mph.

The driver then turned into alfalfa and corn fields on Curvue Road. He drove parallel to Curvue Road in the farm fields until he emerged on North Valley Road.

The driver went into another farm field just south of West Cameron Street between Miller and North Valley roads.

Officers learned Pember was the driver of the vehicle and may be armed.

The vehicle became stuck in a field south of West Cameron Street.

Pember tried to flee on foot across an alfalfa field.

Officers gave orders to Pember, and he made comments about not wanting to be apprehended or going back to jail.

Pember was eventually taken into custody and transported to the Eau Claire County Jail.

Pember was free on signature bonds for pending felony cases in Eau Claire and Taylor counties, which prohibited him from committing new crimes.

Pember is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of a felony count of bail jumping and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer in May 2017 in Eau Claire County.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com 


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