Vehicle pursuits lead to arrests

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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Tazer doesn't stop suspect On Tuesday, May 13, a Stearns County deputy sheriff attempted to stop a 1995 Mecury Mystique on County Road 12 east of the city of St. Martin. The driver did not stop and fled in the vehicle and a short time later on foot. The driver was identified by the pursuing deputy as William Schwandt, 25 of  St. Martin. The deputy chased the driver and at one point fired his Tazer, temporarily incapacitating the driver. The suspect was able to remove the Tazer probes before the deputy was able to gain physcial control of him. A sheriff's office Bloodhound was brought in and tracked the suspect to a residence in St. Martin, but deputies were unable to gain entry to the home. Deputies spent the following day trying to locate Schwandt at various locations. Schwandt turned himself in on Thursday, May 15, to the Eden Valley Police Department. Custody of Schwandt was turned over to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office and he was booked on charges of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer on foot, careless driving, driving after suspension and several other driver-related offenses. He is being held pending a court appearance. Vehicle, then foot pursuit On Wednesday, May 14, a Stearns County deputy sheriff attempted to stop a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder on Division Street, west of St. Germain Street in St. Cloud, for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and when he tried to make a right turn into the Coborn's parking lot on the east side of the store, he ran over a cement median and stop sign. The vehicle slid sideways a short distance in the parking lot and then rolled onto its side. The driver exited the vehicle and ran east into a residential neighborhood, where citizens reported to officers that the subject was standing on a deck at the back of a residence in the 800 block of 18th Avenue South. Ronald Jensen, 45 of Hutchinson, was taken into custody by officers from the St. Cloud Police Department, and later transported to Stearns County Jail and booked on charges of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, 2nd degree test refusal, 3rd degree DWI, driving after cancellation-IPS and fleeing a police officer on foot. Jensen also had outstanding warrants from two other jurisdictions. He is being held at Stearns County Jail pending court appearance. Jensen received minor cuts and scrapes from the rollover. No other parties or vehicles were damaged during the incident.