Multi-county police pursuit ends in single-vehicle crash near Windom

The suspect is charged with felony obstruction of the legal process, a felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and a gross misdemeanor count of ineligible firearm possession.


WINDOM — A multi-county police pursuit ended with the suspect being airlifted to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, following a crash on Minnesota 60 near Windom.

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The pursuit originated in Osceola County, Iowa, on March 13, and it was assumed by Nobles County deputies when the suspect, later identified as Catrell Kobold, 26, of Burnsville, crossed into Minnesota.

After discontinuing their pursuit at the Minnesota border, Osceola County law enforcement reportedly recovered approximately 15 grams of crack cocaine, 3 grams of cocaine, 35 grams of methamphetamine, 317 pills believed to be fentanyl, and one Oxycontin pill that had been thrown from the vehicle by Kobold.

Nobles County deputies were also informed of a firearm that was believed to have been thrown from the vehicle in Minnesota. A firearm was later reportedly recovered by the roadside.

According to the complaint filed in Nobles County, Kobold fled along Minnesota 60 in Nobles County at approximately 110 miles per hour. While traveling through roundabouts in Worthington, local law enforcement observed Kobold to be the sole occupant in the vehicle.


The pursuit continued along MN 60 into Jackson and Cottonwood counties. Just prior to reaching Windom, Kobold reportedly rolled his vehicle several times before coming to a rest in the median of the highway. Due to his injuries, Kobold was airlifted to the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There, he reportedly refused to identify himself or cooperate with fingerprinting attempts.

Multiple rounds of ammunition were reportedly recovered from the crashed vehicle matching the pistol found on the roadside of Minnesota 60.

Once discharged from the hospital, Kobold was taken into custody in South Dakota. His fingerprints were submitted to the FBI, and his identity was confirmed.

Kobold has eight pending warrants for his arrest in Minnesota for various failures to appear, including one for a drive-by shooting in Hennepin County.

In regards to the March 13 incident, he is being charged with felony obstruction of the legal process, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. He is also charged with a felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, punishable by 3 years imprisonment of 5,000 fine or both and a gross misdemeanor count of ineligible firearm possession. This offense carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, a $3,000 fine, or both.

Note: This article was written based on information reported by local law enforcement agencies. The Globe reminds readers that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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