Driver flees on foot after traffic stop

A 28-year-old Big Lake man knew he should not be driving, and chose to drive on when an Elk River Police officer tried to pull him over about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 14. He eventually fled on foot until he was captured, according to Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe.

The officer had been southbound on Highway 169 near Jackson Avenue when he ran the plates to find the registered owner of the Monte Carlo in question was canceled inimical to public safety and the plates had been impounded for alcohol offenses.

The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over at Highway 169 and 191st Avenue, but the vehicle continued southbound and eventually turned westbound on to School Street.

The vehicle stopped near Freeport Street. As an officer approached the vehicle, the driver got out and began running north along Freeport.

The officer began foot pursuit. The driver ran around the south side of Thurber Jewelers, fell down in the snow, got up and continued running north behind the business.

The suspect ran around the north end of the business where he was confronted by an assisting officer who ordered him to the ground at Taser point.

The suspect, who had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, was taken into custody and given field sobriety tests that he failed.

The driver stated he was aware his driver’s license was canceled. He had a record of three prior DWI’s in the last 10 years. He was arrested and transported to jail.

Charges were pending for first degree DWI, fleeing a police officer on foot and several other charges. His vehicle is subject to forfeiture.

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