MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials in Wisconsin say a Minnesota man has died following a weekend car chase that ended with him crashing into an offshoot of the Mississippi River.
The La Crosse Police Department says 19-year-old DeShawn Huff, of Winona, died Tuesday afternoon, approximately two days after he crashed into Swift Creek on La Crosse’s southwest side.READ MORE: Gophers Remain Undefeated Following One-Point Win Over Panthers
On Sunday, Huff, who was suspected of stealing an SUV, led police on a chase through La Crosse, at times reaching speeds of up to 60 mph.
While turning onto a bridge over an offshoot of the Mississippi River, Huff lost control of the SUV, hopped a curb and plunged into the waters.
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Police say officers quickly waded in and threw out rescue ropes, but Huff was unable to grab them due to panic. He sank.
A dive team pulled him from the river, and he was brought to a hospital in critical condition.
The La Crosse County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on Huff to determine his exact cause of death.MORE NEWS: How Could Minnesota Be Impacted If Roe Vs. Wade Was Overturned?
The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash.