Man held on multiple felony charges after fleeing police

Arrest follows car, foot chase in FL

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

A Forest Lake man who has spent time in state prison could be heading back to the state correctional system following his arrest here early Wednesday morning.

The man, 32, who has yet to be formally charged in Washington County District Court, faces a long list of felony and misdemeanor charges following his arrest shortly before 3 a.m. on May 16.

City officers were called to a report of an attempted van break-in in the 21000 block of Floral Bay Drive at 2:10 a.m. As officers arrived on scene, a vehicle fled the area and would not stop for police.

Officers chased the vehicle to the west on TH-97. At Everton Avenue, the vehicle turned north and went a short distance before crashing into a parked vehicle atĀ 20930 Everton Ave. N., said Capt. Greg Weiss.

At that point, the driver fled on foot.

Weiss said three Forest Lake officers and two deputies from Washington County formed a perimeter and subsequently located the man in a nearby wooded area. He was arrested without incident.

Weiss said the man was found in possession of what police believe is methamphetamine and a cash card that had been reported stolen during a residential burglary in Forest Lake on Tuesday, May 15.

The man was booked in the county jail on probable cause of felony possession of a controlled substance, felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, and three counts of felony theft, including possession of a stolen truck and the cash card.

The man could also be charged with four misdemeanor offenses: tamperingĀ  with a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer on foot, driving after revocation and the hit-and-run property damage accident.

Weiss said the man was also subject to three outstanding felony warrants issued in other jurisdictions.

If convicted, Weiss said it is likely the man will be returned to prison. It was late last year when the man was released from the state correctional system, Weiss said.