Two suspects were arrested in connection to a police chase that ended in a foot pursuit in Spring Lake Township Nov. 19.
According to criminal complaints, Zachary Dawson Jr., 20, of St. Paul and Korey Maurese Hale, 21, of Minneapolis were arrested in relation to the incident.
Dawson faces the following charges: two counts possession of ammunition or a firearm-conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence; one count fleeing in a motor vehicle; one count receiving stolen property; one count of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle; and one count of obstructing the legal process-interfering with a peace officer.
Hale faces the following charges: one count receiving stolen property; one count of fifth-degree possession of drugs; one count fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle; and one count of obstructing the legal process-interfering with a peace officer.
According to a press release from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, officers received a 911 dispatch report of a vehicle stolen from a parking lot in Carver County around 2 p.m. Thursday. The vehicle, a 2017 black Cadillac Escalade, was believed to be in the Cleary Lake Regional Park area in Credit River Township.
Using OnStar tracking services, a Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy quickly located the vehicle on Park Road in Credit River. Law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle by activating their emergency lights, but the vehicle instead accelerated, the criminal complaint states.
Law enforcement pursued the vehicle for several miles before it crashed into the ditch of 190th Street upon reaching the three-way junction of Fairlawn and 190th Street East in Spring Lake Township, the press release states.
The sheriff’s deputy pursuing the vehicle then saw two men exit the vehicle and flee the scene on foot.
The deputy “cleared the vehicle and saw a silver revolver on the back seat. It was a Ruger .357 with four live rounds in it. An empty magazine to a semi-automatic handgun was also found,” the complaint states.
While pursuing the suspects, one of the men, identified in the criminal complaint as Hale, stopped and walked back to police and was apprehended in the field adjacent to Fairlawn Avenue. Stolen credit cards and an ID were recovered from the field, law enforcement on scene said.
Hale told police he was the passenger of the vehicle riding in the back seat and refused to identify the driver, the complaint states.
Approximately one hour later, the driver of the vehicle identified in the complaint as Dawson, was apprehended in a wooded area near Vergus Avenue and 195th Street East.
The driver resisted being taken into custody, refused to comply with deputies’ commands and was subsequently bitten by the sheriff’s office K-9 prior to being taken into custody, the press release states.
Both individuals were transported and booked at the Scott County Jail.
Police found a small plastic baggie with pills and powder weighing 2.71 grams on Hale while at the jail. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, the complaint states.
Dawson has a previous conviction of first-degree aggravated robbery from 2019.
In a second search of the stolen vehicle, law enforcement recovered stolen property and an empty Smith & Wesson gun box and .22 caliber ammunition.
Law enforcement believes the suspects may be connected to vehicle theft reports received earlier in the day.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in stolen vehicles being used to commit thefts in our local communities and we will continue to investigate these crimes vigorously,” Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen said in the release. “As [we] move into winter, please remember to lock your vehicles and never leave them running and unattended.”
At one point a total of 14 police cars were on scene including officers from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Prior Lake Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, the Elko New Market Police Department. An Allina Ambulance and a Tactical Operations Unit vehicle from the Mdewakanton Public Safety also assisted on the scene.
According to a police scanner, a CodeRED alert was issued in the area during the pursuit.
CodeRED is a high-speed telephone emergency notification service offered by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Public safety agencies can deliver pre-recorded information to targeted areas within the county via the service. Several types of situations can lead to a CodeRED being issued including Amber Alerts, evacuations, road closures, utility outages, tornadoes, flash floods and more.