By car, then foot, FL man leads police on chase

Pursuit ends with a trip to the hospital


Clint Riese
News Editor

Aggressive driving left a Forest Lake man facing multiple charges following an incident Saturday night.

A Forest Lake police officer stopped a 1979 Pontiac Firebird near the intersection of Highway 97 and Forest Road after the driver peeled out of the intersection so fast that his vehicle skidded and nearly hit another vehicle, said Capt. Greg Weiss.

That was not the end of the joy ride, however. As the officer approached on foot, the driver peeled out again, this time fleeing west on the highway and eventually north on Kettle River Boulevard. When the Firebird ran out of gas just short of Broadway Avenue, the driver fled on foot into the woods.

The suspect was eventually apprehended by the canine unit from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. The 29-year-old man, Christopher Tim Gendreau, was taken to Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming for stitches after being cut by the canine, Weiss said.

Gendreau is facing a felony charge for fleeing and a gross misdemeanor charge for driving without a license.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Police Department also responded to the incident.

Other Incidents

An overnight shouting match led to a trip to jail for a Forest Lake man on Friday, Oct. 5. Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of 12th Street SW.

James Edward Peterson, 57, was arrested after alledgedly holding a knife to a man’s throat, said Weiss. Peterson has been charged on a count of making terroristic threats, a felony.

In a separate incident the day before, a 47-year-old Forest Lake woman was arrested after the FLPD canine unit and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force found drugs in her residence on Lee Street, said Weiss.

Candice Diane Bultman has been charged with a felony count of fifth-degree possession of marijuana.

FLPD Grant

FLPD has received $34,500 in grant money to fund increased patrol saturation through 2013 as part of the Toward Zero Deaths Enforcement Program. The emphasis will be on speeding, seatbelt use, impaired and aggressive driving. Capt. Weiss said it is the biggest grant the department has received for enforcement saturations.

FLPD is eligible for the grant due to its membership in a traffic safety task force. The grant is administered by Washington County.