Skip to main content

Chisago County deputies catch 'decent runner' who is 'not the brightest crayon in the box'

The sheriff's office credited the man with being a "rather decent runner."
Screen Shot 2021-01-11 at 12.48.13 PM

A man whom the Chisago County Sheriff's Office called "not the brightest crayon in the box" was arrested following a Saturday night chase in east-central Minnesota. 

The man, also described as a "decent runner," is accused of stealing another man's truck while the owner was fueling the vehicle at a Casey's gas station in Taylor's Falls. 

The suspect was spotted by a sheriff's deputy less than 60 seconds after the theft was reported, which led to a westbound pursuit on Hwy. 8 all the way to Center City, "literally to the front doors of our Sheriff's Office," which the sheriff's report explains was the "1st clue this guy was not the brightest crayon in the box and a hint he probably wasn't from the area." 

A PIT maneuver forced the man off the roadway and into the ditch. He then got out of the vehicle and ran, with the sheriff's office describing him as a "rather decent runner." 

Authorities from numerous neighboring law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter only to receive a call from a woman who said a man she was giving a ride to the Hazelden Betty Ford Treatment Center in Center City had gotten out of her vehicle and ran. 

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

She said the man came to her home, knocked on the door and was out of breath while asking for a ride to the rehabilitation complex.  

Another perimeter was set up and a K9 named Stryker and a deputy trekked through the snow, partially frozen swamps and woods for "several miles" before the suspect was located hiding on top of a hay bale at a farm. 

The man again resisted arrested and tried to run, only to be tracked down by the K9. Once the K9 was called off, the man began fighting two deputies, which led to the dog being released on him again. 

The suspect, who has not been identified, was eventually taken into custody and booked into the Chisago County Jail. 

The sheriff's office added: "Pro Tips:- Don’t take vehicles from people.- Give up peacefully when you’ve been caught."

Next Up

Hennepin County Medical Center, HCMC

Woman dies from injuries in crash that killed her husband, another man

The couple in their 80s died in the collision near Lake Lillian.

CPAP masks

2 Park Nicollet employees convicted of embezzling $500,000

The pair worked at a CPAP clinic in St. Louis Park.

Concert

No Jingle Ball this year? Twin Cities left off iHeartRadio holiday tour

The annual touring event usually visits the Xcel Energy Center.

Target store

Target gives first look at some of its Deal Days discounts

The Minneapolis retailer is holding its Deal Days event earlier than ever, in an attempt to drive sales after a turbulent year.

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 11.03.12 AM

Man dies after crashing truck into western Wisconsin lake

The victim was unable to make it to shore despite being able to get out of his truck.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Sheriff: Man who didn't return to campsite died in ATV crash

It happened at the Foothills State Forest and Spider Lake ATV Recreation Area

Richard Liu, aka Liu Qiangdong

Chinese billionaire settles lawsuit over alleged rape in Minneapolis

The tech billionaire was accused of sexually assaulting a University of Minnesota student in 2018.

US Navy Flickr - COVID hospital PPE nurse

Frontline worker payments: Over a million Minnesotans to get $487.45

Gov. Tim Walz says the payments will start going out on Wednesday.

19050650853_a4a6377429_k

Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis

It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.

Kim Crockett

GOP candidate Kim Crockett won't commit to accepting election result

Crockett has been a proponent of conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 presidential election.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.41.39 AM

Charges: Man carjacked father, daughter as they loaded groceries outside Cub

The father grappled with the suspect after he had pointed a gun at his daughter.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 8.25.27 PM

Pilot, brother and sister killed when plane crashed into house are ID'd

The plane crashed into a house in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Related

ambulance

Man dies 6 days after motorcycle crash in Chisago County

The crash happened in Fish Lake Township on Oct. 9.

Screen Shot 2020-01-08 at 1.05.07 PM

Investigation of burned vehicle dumped in Chisago County

Authorities don't know who burned the vehicle and why.

Interstate State Park

Man who fell from rocks at Interstate State Park dies

The man has been identified as Nathan Darval, 39, of Hanover.

0

Alleged drunk driver crashes into Chisago Co. deputy's squad car

The deputy was taken to the hospital afterwards.

ambulance

Crash in east-central Minnesota leaves motorcyclist dead

The crash was reported around 9 p.m. Sunday.