A St. Cloud woman is accused of fleeing police at nearly 100 mph, then crashing — with deputies finding her infant daughter on the ground near the rolled vehicle.
Angelica Marie Henry-Schmidt, 20, was charged Monday with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle (a felony), and endangering a child (a gross misdemeanor).
She was arrested following a high-speed chase that started at a BP gas station in Little Canada around 12:17 a.m. It ended about 4 miles away after her vehicle bottomed out and rolled several times at a St. Paul intersection, according to prosecutors.
The charges say that, "immediately" after the wreck, deputies saw an infant on the ground by Henry-Schmidt's vehicle. The girl was screaming and flailing her arms and legs, according to the charges, and deputies called for medical help. The infant, identified as Henry-Schmidt's 8-month-old daughter, appeared to suffer only "superficial" wounds, however.
Henry-Schmidt made her first court appearance Tuesday. An omnibus hearing is set for Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Authorities say she is on probation for multiple previous cases, including related to third-degree drug possession, fleeing and ineligible person in possession of a firearm.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Ramsey County deputy first noticed Henry-Schmidt's vehicle at the closed BP off I-35E Saturday because the gas station was closed, and the car's trunk was facing the car wash area. When they went over to make contact, Henry-Schmidt said she was vacuuming out her car — then sped off westbound on Little Canada Road.
Henry-Schmidt headed southbound on the highway then westbound on 36, at times nearing 100 mph. She exited at Hamline, then drove southbound in the wrong lane going about 80 mph.
As she entered the intersection at Larpenteur Avenue, she lost control and hit a retaining wall, with the car rolling multiple times before coming to a stop near the intersection of Hamline and Idaho Avenue.
Immediately, deputies saw an infant on the ground by the vehicle, screaming and flailing her arms and legs. She had blood on her legs. Deputies secured her and called medics. Later, they learned it was Henry-Schmidt's 8-month-old daughter. She had just "superficial" injuries, however.
After the crash, Henry-Schmidt continued to resist arrest, and deputies noticed her trying to hide a bag containing a white substance. Eventually officers restrained her. She was taken to Regions Hospital, along with her daughter, to be evaluated, and a blood sample was taken.