Boater charged in high-speed chase with baby on board

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A 33-year old Mound man, Ryan Krueger, has been charged with two felonies after leading authorities on a high-speed water chase on Lake Minnetonka Friday night, while he had a 9-month-old baby on board his boat, KSTP reports.

The chase started when the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a domestic incident just before 9 p.m on Friday. Krueger was driving his boat erratically, circling a woman who was in the water, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers helped the woman aboard, and she told them she jumped out of the boat into the lake to get away from Krueger. She is the child's mother.

According to the complaint, officers ordered Krueger to stop his boat, but he took off instead.

KSTP reports that Krueger had the infant on his lap when he fled in his 17-foot runabout, speeding across the lake, which was full of Fourth of July boaters. The baby was not wearing a life jacket.

At one point, Krueger stopped and began yelling at the officers as they came closer. The officers tried to pepper spray Krueger, but he used the baby as a shield and then sped off again.

The water patrol boat followed him for several minutes until they reached Maxwell’s Bay, when two additional water patrol boats responded. FOX 9 reported that Krueger stopped his boat there. He had to be subdued with pepper spray before he was arrested. He registered a blood alcohol level of .15, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

Krueger has been charged with two felonies: fleeing a peace officer and making terroristic threats; and two gross misdemeanors: child endangerment, and operating a motorboat under the influence of alcohol.

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