Street fight results in foot chase, arrests

By HANNAH JOHNSON
hjohnson@acnpapers.com

A West Lakeland Township man fled from Stillwater Police officers early Sunday after he fought with another male downtown Stillwater.

According to the initial complaint report, officers received a call early Sunday morning regarding a large fight in the middle of the Main Street outside of Rafters Bar. About 10 people were in the street watching the fight when officers arrived.

Two men then fled on foot on Nelson Street toward Second Street. Officers apprehended the first man, but the other suspect continued running from officers despite repeated orders to stop.

Officers finally apprehended Matthew Francis Murphy, 22, who also was identified by a witness as one of the two men in the initial fight. Murphy told officers he kept running from police because he didn’t hear them tell him to stop. Murphy added that he noticed emergency lights from the police squad car and ran away because he didn’t know what to do.

Murphy was taken to Washington County Jail and given a preliminary breath test, which revealed a .18 blood alcohol content. Murphy was released from jail and cited for disorderly conduct and fleeing police on foot.

Other incidents in the report include:

n SPD received a report about a drunk male passed out in the snow on Saturday. The man appeared to be very intoxicated and was walking in the middle of Olive Street. The man’s preliminary breath test showed an alcohol content of .20.

n From March 2 to March 4 officers received reports of two stolen Honda Accord vehicles.

The first was a white 1994 Honda Accord stolen from the parking lot in the 300 block of Upper Levee Road. The victim reported the doors were locked and the key was in the center console but not visible.

The second report was about a 1990 tan Honda Accord parked on Greeley Street. The victim had no information on the vehicle and it was not registered to the victim. Since there was a lack of information officers did not enter the Honda as stolen property.

Officers reported that there have been a number of Hondas stolen in the area recently.

n A pop-up ice house, ice auger and a cell phone charger were stolen from a pickup truck on the 400 block of Hazel Street last week. The estimated value of the items is $580.

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