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A high-speed chase late Tuesday afternoon resulted in an Eau Claire County squad car being damaged and the hospitalization of the man authorities were pursuing.

According to a news release from Dunn County sheriff’s office:

The Dunn County Communications Center received an attempt to locate request from the Altoona Police Department regarding a potentially suicidal subject who was possibly in the Menomonie area. A green alert had also been sent out in an attempt to locate the subject and vehicle.

Deputies located the suspect’s car on Highway 170 west of Colfax at about 4 p.m. and attempted to check the suspect’s welfare. The subject fled in his car during the evaluation. Authorities pursued him with information that he may be armed with a handgun.

The pursuit led deputies through Colfax and Elk Mound into Eau Claire County, where the pursuit was turned over to the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office as primary units behind the vehicle. The suspect eventually continued the pursuit back to Dunn County, south of Elk Mound.

Following several attempts to deploy tire deflation devices to get the suspect to stop, a pursuit intervention technique was used to disable the vehicle.

Dunn and Eau Claire deputies negotiated with the subject for nearly an hour after the suspect pulled out a knife and refused to get out of his vehicle.

At about 5:42 p.m., the suspect cooperated with authorities, gave up his knife and was taken into custody without force or injury.

The Eau Claire County squad car and the suspect’s vehicle were both damaged from the pursuit intervention technique.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital by Dunn County deputies for evaluation.

From staff reports