Police catch fleeing suspect in field

State Patrol helicopter assists Wyoming PD in separate incident


Clint Riese
News Editor

Forest Lake police established a perimeter in a field and used their K-9 unit to help apprehend a fleeing suspect around 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. Police pulled a vehicle over in the Taco Bell parking lot at 1279 W. Broadway Ave. after noticing the vehicle had a cracked taillight. A man exited the front passenger door and fled on foot into the field north of the lot, Capt. Greg Weiss said.

Andrew Curtis Pollari, 24, was apprehended and arrested for fleeing an officer, a misdemeanor. The Forest Lake resident was wanted on felony burglary and theft charges in Wright County and a misdemeanor shoplifting charge in Sherburne County.

FL man resists

A Forest Lake man has been charged with obstructing the legal process with force after an incident at his residence on Nov. 4.

Forest Lake police responded to the 20000 block of Explorer Court on a check-the-welfare call around 11:50 p.m. Police had an arrest and detain order for the homeowner, Matthew E. Schwantes, 39. He stated that he was not going to go back to jail, and he resisted arrest, said Weiss. Police used a Taser to apprehend him.

Schwantes on Nov. 12 was sentenced to 44 days in jail as part of an amended sentence stemming from a 2012 domestic assault conviction, for which he served 10 days in jail. The Nov. 12 sentencing came at a revocation hearing, and follows three probation violations this year.

Wyoming search

The State Patrol, Wyoming Police Department and other agencies led a search for a suicidal woman around 1 a.m. on Nov. 8. Police responded to a call of a domestic incident at the Wyoming Motel at 26237 Forest Blvd. N. Upon arrival, the woman had fled the hotel. She was reportedly suicidal and carrying a gun, said Chief Paul Hoppe.

A State Patrol helicopter and several K-9 units assisted in the search. The gun was found by a garbage can near the hotel, but canines lost the woman’s scent in the area of Fairview Lakes Medical Center. Hoppe said authorities believe she may have been picked up in a vehicle.

Forest Lake police and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.

Shoplifting citation

Two women were cited for theft after carting $365 worth of clothing and food out of the Forest Lake Walmart without paying on Nov. 3, Weiss said. Forest Lake police caught up with Sheila A. Stratton, 50, and Kelsey M. Stratton, 20, at Lakes Dental Clinic, 956 W. Broadway Ave. The women share a North Branch address.