Fleeing motorist still being sought
Rogers Police Department K-9 and a helicopter from the Minnesota State Patrol in searching for the male driver
by Jim Boyle
The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle who smashed a squad car, fled at a high rate of speed and drove through two cornfields before he and a passenger crashed into a stand of trees in Clear Lake Township, according to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott.
Authorities were on the lookout Oct. 5 for a 2014 Jeep Patriot that had been reported stolen out of St. Cloud when a Sherburne County deputy in an unmarked squad encountered the vehicle in the city of Clear Lake at approximately 11:20 a.m. and began to follow it.
The vehicle eventually turned in to a driveway of a residence in the 8800 block of 71st Street in Clear Lake Township, Brott reported.
Others deputies arrived, including a marked squad with its emergency lights flashing. The fleeing driver, later identified as Jeremiah Harvey Schwarzkopf, 38, allegedly ignored the deputies trying to stop him and crashed into an unmarked squad before going through a ditch and driving back onto 71st Street.
The driver fled at a high rate of speed turning south onto 89th Avenue and then east onto 77th Street. The vehicle veered off the road at the point where 77th Street turns south and becomes 90th Avenue.
The vehicle went into a cornfield, continued east through a bean field, went across County Road 55 and into another cornfield before crashing into a line of trees, Brott said.
Deputies set up a perimeter and were assisted by a Rogers Police Department K-9 and a helicopter from the Minnesota State Patrol in searching for the male driver and a female occupant who fled from the vehicle after it crashed.
Investigators were unable to locate Jeremiah Harvey Schwarzkopf or his passenger, according to a news release.
Deputies received a call at approximately 4:37 p.m. that a male matching Schwarzkopf’s description and a female were in the area of the 7000 block of 100th Avenue Southeast and told a resident in that area that they had gotten into trouble and needed help.
The male and female reportedly had no shoes on and were walking north from the area. Deputies set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects but were unable to locate them, the release said.
On the morning of Oct. 6, deputies received a call from a resident in the 7200 block of 100th Avenue Southeast, alerting them to a suspicious female.
Deputies responded and arrested Victoria Ann Miller, 24. Investigators believe she was the passenger in the vehicle that Schwarzkopf was driving.
Anyone with information about Schwarzkopf’s whereabouts is asked to call Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 765-3500.