A 35-year-old Brooklyn Park man was sentenced late last month to up to a year and five months in prison after being convicted for fleeing from Forest Lake police in a motor vehicle.
According to court records, the car chase began shortly after 10 p.m. Jan. 25 when a Forest Lake police officer spotted a green Ford F-150 driving east on West Broadway Avenue (near the intersection with 12th Street Southwest) without its lights on. The officer initiated a traffic stop, at which point the truck took off, at times reaching speeds of more than 80 mph on city streets and speeding through several controlled intersections. The chase took the vehicles into Columbus, where the truck drove through two yards and ultimately was stopped near Kettle River Boulevard and Cornell Street. The driver, Joseph William Reynolds, had four arrest warrants in three counties. The truck was stolen.
In addition to his prison time, Reynolds must also pay more than $12,000 in restitution.
A Forest Lake man was recently charged after a March 15 incident in which he allegedly punched and choked a woman in his home.
According to court records, Patrick Michael Driscoll, 35, has been charged with domestic assault by strangulation, misdemeanor domestic assault and interfering with an emergency telephone call. The alleged assault occurred at a residence in the 21500 Hoekstra Ave. N. A woman reported that she’d had an argument with Driscoll in the house and that he’d grabbed her neck and punched her in the stomach and face. He also allegedly took her phone so she could not call the police.
A Fergus Falls man has been charged after allegedly leading Forest Lake police on a car chase April 17.
Ricky Lee Hendershot, 41, was charged with first-degree drug possession, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and DWI. According to court records, around 12:40 a.m. on April 17, a Forest Lake police officer spotted a black SUV drifting over the road lines heading south on Interstate Highway 35 near Clear Lake. The officer initiated a traffic stop, but the SUV allegedly would not stop, increasing its speed and speeding over 100 mph after exiting the highway onto Lake Avenue in Lino Lakes.
The vehicle reportedly crashed after driving directly over a roundabout, flying through the air for about 70 feet before hitting a light pole. The driver, later identified as Hendershot, then emerged and allegedly attempted to light a cigarette. He was arrested, and police reportedly found in his vehicle a bag with 150 grams of meth. Police believed Hendershot to be under the influence of drugs while he was driving.
A Forest Lake man made a first appearance on a theft charge May 2 after reportedly stealing more than $4,000 in cellphones from Forest Lake Target.
According to court records, Steven Shelton Estus, 29, was spotted stealing several phones and one pair of headphones from the store. Estus reportedly went into an employees only area of the building and placed the phones in his jacket pocket before leaving, coming back in and taking the headphones. When interviewed by police, Estus allegedly admitted to the thefts and said that a woman he did not know told him that she would pay him $500 per phone he was able to steal.
The following are other recent local cases from the Washington County Court:
• Brian Alan Baber, 35, of Chisago City, made a first appearance Feb. 13 for a fifth-degree drug charge related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Christopher Douglas Weldon, 47, of Forest Lake, was sentenced March 6 for a fifth-degree drug crime.
• David Jovet, 50, of Cottage Grove, was sentenced March 6 for theft related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Shakira Shabrese Tyson, 25, of Forest Lake, was sentenced March 28 for theft.
• Brandon Robert Peterson, 39, of Forest Lake, was sentenced April 1 for a fifth-degree drug crime and aiding and abetting theft.
• Bryon Anthony Schleh, 22, of Stacy, was sentenced April 3 for a fifth-degree drug crime.
• Kyle Richard Kappes, 32, of an unknown residence, was sentenced April 3 for theft related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Matthew Edmund Hamernick, 50, of Coon Rapids, made a first appearance April 29 for receiving stolen property related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Derrick Antionio Spangler, 28, of Forest Lake, made a first appearance May 1 for receiving stolen property and a fifth-degree drug charge.
• Jason Alan Chaney, 40, of North Branch, was sentenced May 2 for a fifth-degree drug crime.
• Brian Peter Abraham, 41, of Avon, made a first appearance May 2 for theft by false representation related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.