FL man who fled police charged with felonies

Arrest follows car, foot chase in FL on May 16th

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 in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 16.

The man, Jeremy Scott Blahowski, 32, has been charged in Washington County District Court with 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 at 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 Blahowski in a nearby wooded area. He was arrested without incident.

Weiss said Blahowski 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 the following counts: I: fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle; II: theft-take/drive motor vehicle-no owner consent; III: attempted theft-take/drive motor vehicle-no owner consent; IV: receiving stolen property; V: drugs — third-degree — possess three grams or more cocaine/heroin/methamphetamine.

Weiss said Blahowski could also be charged with four misdemeanor offenses: tampering  with a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer on foot, driving after revocation and the hit-and-run property damage accident, the latter in connection with the collision with the parked vehicle.

Weiss said Blahowski 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.

Man Robbed

Police here arrested three area juveniles last week who were held on first-degree felony robbery charges.

The robbery took place in the 100 block of SW 12th Street at 9:54 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 when the victim reported that he was confronted by three males who entered his car as he was waiting for some friends. The victim said one of the males put a knife to his throat and demanded money.

The victim complied and gave up what money he had, Weiss said. The three males then fled the scene.

Weiss said the weekend investigation led to the arrest of the three juveniles.