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UPDATE: Man at center of Eau Claire County chase caught

Eau Claire (WQOW) - 

Police in eastern Wisconsin arrested a man wanted in Eau Claire County.

Keith Tidmarsh was arrested Wednesday in Oshkosh by officers acting on a tip.  He is expected to be in court in Eau Claire later this week

Saturday night deputies heard about a yellow truck driving through yards in Eau Claire County and nearly hitting a child on a bike.  Deputies gave chase at speeds up to 100 miles an hour before losing sight of Tidmarsh in Big Falls County Park.


Eau Claire County Sheriff's Dept. (Press Release) - On 11-02-2013, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Sheriff's Office was involved in a vehicle pursuit with Keith A. Tidmarsh.  Tidmarsh fled on foot in the Big Falls County Park area and was not located.

On 11-06-2013, Officials received a tip which resulted in the Oshkosh Police Department (Winnebago County)  taking Tidmarsh into custody in Oshkosh, WI without incident.  Tidmarsh will appear later this week on pending felony charges in Eau Claire County related to the pursuit. 

Thank you to the law enforcement agencies and citizens who assisted our office in the pursuit and ultimately taking Tidmarsh into custody.

End of Release…


Eau Claire County (WQOW)- Eau Claire County deputies continue to search for Keith Tidmarsh. They say he was at the center of a chase Saturday evening that began after a traffic complaint in the town of Washington.

Witnesses told law enforcement they saw a yellow truck drive through yards and nearly hit a child on a bike. A deputy attempted to pull the truck over but the driver did not stop. At that point the deputy started to chase the truck.

The truck hit 100 mph, running through stop-signs, before entering Big Falls County Park and going off road. The deputy was unable to follow in a squad car, and the entrance to the park was blocked off.

Those inside the park at the time say they were driving on one of the park trails when the yellow truck came speeding toward them, head-on. "We stopped and he stopped and slid like five feet and then backed up and took off down another trail. I screamed. We all screamed," said a witness. 

Law enforcement searched the area where they found the truck abandoned. There had been a passenger in the truck with Tidmarsh but police say he is not a suspect.

On Sunday the sheriff's department said they were following up on leads but have nothing new to report.

If you have any information about where Keith Tidmarsh may be you are asked to call 715-839-4972.


UPDATE: Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department (Press Release) - On 11-02-13 at approximately 4:20 p.m. a complainant in the 8000 block of Otter Creek Rd, Township of Washington, called the Eau Claire Communications Center to report a traffic complaint and possible intoxicated vehicle operator. The complainant reported that a yellow pick-up truck was observed driving off road, through yards in the area and that it nearly struck a child riding a bicycle. It was further reported that the complainant observed intoxicants inside the pick-up truck.

An Eau Claire County Sheriff's Deputy was in the area of the call and responded to investigate the traffic complaint. While enroute, the responding Deputy located a yellow pick-up truck near the intersection of Schumacher Rd and S. Elco Rd. This location is in close proximity to the original call for service. Based on the proximity to the original call for service, along with the fact that the vehicle observed, matched the description provided by the original complainant, the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for further investigation.

The Sheriff's Deputy activated his marked police cruiser's emergency lighting and audible siren in an attempt to stop the yellow pick-up. The operator of the pick-up failed to stop and accelerated to a high rate of speed, traveling northbound on S. Elco Rd. The Deputy initiated a pursuit of the pick-up. At the intersection of S. Elco Rd and USH 12, the yellow pick up failed to stop for a stop sign and crossed busy highway 12 at speeds near 100 MPH. The pick-up continued northbound on N. Elco Rd maintaining speeds of 80-100 MPH.

The Sheriff Deputy pursued the pick-up truck to the area of N. Elco Rd and CTH SS/Nine Mile Creek Rd. At that intersection the pick-up truck, maintaining a high rate of speed, failed to stop for another stop sign and began to travel eastbound on CTH SS/Nine Mile Creek Rd. The Deputy continued to pursue the pick-up as it traveled eastbound. While traveling eastbound on CTH SS/Nine Mile Creek Rd the operator of the pick-up attempted to elude the Deputy by turning off from CTH SS/Nine Mile Creek Rd and entering various residential neighborhoods, traveling at high rates of speed. The Deputy was able to maintain pursuit of the pick-up. The pick-up truck operator eventually exited the residential neighborhoods and continued traveling eastbound on CTH SS/Nine Mile Creek Rd to CTH K, at which time the truck operator failed to stop for another stop sign while traveling at a high rate of speed. The pick-up operator began to travel northbound on CTH K and eventually entered Big Falls South-County Park.  After entering the park, the fleeing pick-up operator drove the pick-up off road, onto rugged trails in the woods. Based on the terrain, the pursuing Deputy was unable to continue the pursuit.

The pursuing Deputy, with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Altoona Police and other Eau Claire County Deputies, set up a perimeter of the area in which the pick-up was last observed traveling. An Eau Claire County Recreation Deputy, with an issued 4x4 police cruiser and knowledge of the trail system at Big Falls County Park, responded to the area. He, along with the original pursuing Deputy began to canvass the wooded areas via the trails. In performing their canvass, they located the yellow pick-up truck unoccupied and abandoned in the woods. The pick-up truck was removed from the woods and impounded by means of a local tow and recovery service.

Further investigation into the incident revealed that the operator of the pick-up truck was a Keith A. Tidmarsh. Keith is a white male and has a date of birth of 09/07/1980. He was accompanied by passenger Jonathan G. Vold. Jonathan is a white male with a date of birth of 07-28-1981.

Keith Tidmarsh is currently not in custody and is wanted by the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office for numerous criminal charges, related to this incident. Jonathan Vold is not a suspect in this incident at this time and is only of interest to the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office as a potential witness. 

Attached will be a Department of Corrections photograph of Keith Tidmarsh. If the public sees or knows the whereabouts of Tidmarsh, they are encouraged to call the Eau Claire Communications unit's non- emergency number of 715-839-4972.  


UPDATE: Eau Claire County (WQOW) - The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department says it is looking for one to two suspects after a chase.

Law Enforcement says the public is not in any danger. They say the incident stemmed from a traffic complaint.

Witnesses told WQOW News 18 they were driving on one of the parks trails in Big Falls County Park, when a yellow truck came speeding head-on toward them. They say the truck slammed on its breaks, slid about five feet, then went in reverse and took off on another trail.

The entrance to the park was blocked off around 5pm Saturday evening and law enforcement had spike strips laid down. Both the Altoona Police Department and Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department were on scene.

After the scene was cleared, a WQOW News 18 reporter witnessed a yellow truck being towed from one of the parks trails.

The Sheriff's Department says it believes the suspects are currently on foot in the Big Falls County Park area.


Eau Claire County (WQOW) - WQOW News 18 is gathering information on a developing story out of Eau Claire County.

Law enforcement blocked off the entrance to Big Falls Park around 5:00pm Saturday evening. A WQOW News 18 reporter was on the scene and we'll bring you more information on this story as it becomes available.

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