Crawford Charges

By: News Release
Jul 3rd, 2019

On July 1st, 2019, a Crawford County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Nissan Maxima for speeding violations in the Village of Desoto. The driver was identified as Brianna Walsh, age 23 of Prairie du Chien. During the course of the traffic stop, Deputies discovered that Walsh had a revoked drivers license through the State of Wisconsin. Deputies observed indicators of narcotics impairment from Walsh. The Vernon County K9 unit arrived soon after the traffic stop and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a white powder that later tested positive for morphine, which is a schedule II narcotic. Walsh is currently out on bond through Crawford County for narcotics-related charges. Walsh was later determined to be under the influence of methamphetamine. Walsh is currently being held at the Crawford County Jail on charges of possession of a schedule II narcotic, felony bail jumping, operating with a restricted controlled substance, 2nd offense and operating after revocation.

On June 28th, 2019, a male identified as Patrick Berger, age 29 of La Crosse arrived at the Crawford County Court House for an initial appearance on prior drug charges. While in the building, Berger displayed suspicious behavior and signs of narcotics impairment. Deputies later performed testing on Berger and he was found to be under the influence of methamphetamine and opiates.
The Crawford County K9 unit deployed K9 Breck around the exterior of the vehicle that Berger drove to the courthouse. K9 Breck alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. Furthermore, a glass narcotic smoking pipe was laying in plain view on the driver’s seat of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a clear plastic bag containing a brown powder that later field tested positive for heroin. Numerous schedule IV pills were also found within the vehicle. Berger was arrested on charges of felony bail jumping, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a narcotic drug (heroin).



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