The man responsible for the high speed police chase that took place Oct. 12 had his first appearance in court last week.
According to court documents, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s office was in pursuit of a black SUV driven by Desmond Anthony Mattis going more than 100 miles per hour and wanted assistance with stop sticks on the lift bridge.
Court documents state that the pursuit stemmed from an alleged domestic incident.
Documents state that the SUV hit stop sticks put out by officers and the sticks appeared to puncture all four tires. The vehicle continued to travel westbound turning northbound onto Main Street, followed by numerous squad cars.
The SUV crashed into a light pole on the 1900 block of Broadway Street North after losing control, authorities say.
Probation for drug violation
A Stillwater man was sentenced to probation in connection with a drug-related incident that occurred Jan. 9.
The man, identified in court documents as Ryan Robert Munson, was allegedly in the process of shoplifting items when Kohl’s employees in Woodbury reported him to the police.
Woodbury officers found a vehicle in a parking lot that had been left running when Munson walked out of the store. One of the Kohl’s employees told police he or she had seen Munson drop something on the ground near the car. A baggie containing a crystal-like substance field-tested positive for meth with a total weight of 5.2 grams.
Munson was sentenced to five years of probation and must pay a fine of $200. He has the option to complete 20 hours of community service in lieu of the fine. He must have no drugs or alcohol and submit to random testing. He also must go to rehab and enter an offender recovery program.
Warrant out for woman’s arrest
A warrant is out for a Lake Elmo woman after she allegedly failed to pay for renting a generator and moving truck on June 2.
Courtney Marie Wallgren signed a rental contract and provided a credit card for payment. The card wasn’t immediately charged, because the practice was to accept payment on return of the items.
After damaging the truck and keeping it for longer than the agreed-upon rental time, authorities allege, Wallgren left without paying for the truck.
The business ran the card to charge for the truck and the repairs, but the card was declined. Wallgren was identified in a picture line-up by employees who had helped her.
Court documents state that Oak Park Heights officers made contact with Wallgren, who told them she was at the rental company since she was helping a friend move but hadn’t signed a contract. She told officers that the friends lived on Williams Street in Stillwater and would call police after getting the right address.
Wallgren didn’t call, authorities say, and a certified letter sent to Wallgren’s address about non-payment of the truck rental and failure to return the generator was returned marked “unable to forward, return to sender.”
The total cost to the victim for damages was $2,003.13.
Probation for repeat DWI
A Lake Elmo Woman was given probation in connection with a Feb. 14 DWI incident.
The woman, identified in court documents as Lauren Elizabeth Kidd, was getting her nails done in Oak Park Heights when someone called police telling them that she regularly came in intoxicated and had walked out to consume alcohol while she was waiting for her appointment.
Court documents state that officers made contact with Kidd and she told them she’d been drinking the previous evening but said she was fine. Kidd told officers she’d call a sober ride and finish her nail treatment.
Officers checked her car and noticed an open bottle of alcohol. The officer then waited and observed Kidd drive out of the parking lot. The officer stopped Kidd, and she failed sobriety tests. Her blood alcohol level tested at a 0.2 at 4:55 p.m. The legal limit for driving is 0.08. Kidd has prior DWI-related convictions on record.
Kidd was sentenced to a stay of execution of her sentence for 36 months with seven years of probation. She must serve 10 days in jail with credit for 4 days served, not use drugs or alcohol and submit to random testing. She also must complete the Repeat DWI Offender program.