A La Crosse man on probation for drug offenses is in custody after striking an officer with his vehicle during a drug bust Thursday night.

According to the Holmen Police Department, officers from multiple agencies attempted to arrest the man, since identified as 24-year-old Brandon Ritter, in the parking lot of Festival Foods as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Ritter attempted to flee in his vehicle, striking a La Crosse Police investigator who in turn fired several shots at the vehicle. Ritter, who was not hit, was arrested after his vehicle ran into a snowbank.

Authorities did not identify the officer, who sustained minor injuries when he was struck. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Ritter is being held in the La Crosse County Jail pending charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, battery to police, delivery of methamphetamine and a probation violation.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Ritter has been on community supervision since his release from prison in February. He has felony convictions for burglary, bail jumping and possession of methamphetamine.

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