WINDOM — What began as a radar reading of a vehicle entering Windom at 106 miles per hour culminated in the Oct. 3 arrest of a man on multiple charges.
A Minnesota State Patrol officer noticed the vehicle driving through Windom at high speeds and without front or back license plates. When the trooper activated his emergency lights, the driver did not pull over, but fled from the officer.
Near Bingham Lake, a Mountain Lake police officer and a Cottonwood County deputy sheriff joined the pursuit.
While fleeing from law enforcement, the driver ran into a Mountain Lake squad car and kept driving. He was eventually maneuvered into a stop position.
The driver refused to provide his name or date of birth, but he was eventually identified as Michael Clark, 35, of St. Paul. Clark had a suspended driver's license and an active warrant from another county.
Law enforcement later learned that the vehicle Clark had been driving had been reported stolen out of Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
Clark was arrested and charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, motor vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, all felonies. The most serious charge — assault — carries a maximum possible sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine, but not less than a year and a day in prison.
Clark is being held in Cottonwood County Jail on bail set at $75,000 with conditions or $150,000 without. His initial court appearance was Tuesday.