Courts: Man charged after high speed chase

A high speed chase through downtown Stillwater April 27 led to charges against a Baytown Township man.

Nathan Eldredge, 23, of Baytown Township faces one county of fleeing a peace officer, a felony.

On April 27 at approximately 2:51 a.m., an officer with the Stillwater Police Department was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle at the intersection of Nelson Street and Main Street, Stillwater. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and also failed to signal a turn from Nelson Street onto Water Street. When the officer activated his emergency lights to begin a traffic stop, the vehicle began to rapidly speed up. The officer then activated his siren and pursued the vehicle.

The officer was advised by dispatch that the registered owner of the vehicle had a felony warrant for terroristic threats. The driver attempted to evade law enforcement by crossing the lift bridge into Wisconsin. When driving over the Stillwater Lift Bridge, the vehicle reached 85 miles per hour.

Officers continued to attempt to stop the vehicle in Wisconsin. At times the vehicle reached approximately 100 miles per hour, and the driver turned off his headlights and taillights in attempt to elude law enforcement.

When the vehicle exited Highway 64 at Exit 9 in Wisconsin, the driver drove off the top of the exit ramp down a grass embankment and became stuck. Officers were able to secure the driver, who was identified as Eldredge, the registered owner of the vehicle.

St. Croix County sheriff’s deputies also arrived and took the Eldredge into custody. Eldredge’s first appearance in Washington County Court was April 30.


Woman charged with felony after alleged Kohl’s theft attempt

A Stillwater resident faces felony charges in connection with an alleged theft at the Kohl’s Department Store in Oak Park Heights.

Paulette Schreifels, 37, of Stillwater, is charged with one count of felony possession of shoplifting gear and one count of misdemeanor theft.

On April 17, at 12:57 p.m. officers were dispatched to Kohl’s on the report of a theft in progress. According to the criminal complaint, an employee of Kohl’s reported that he had watched a female enter the dressing room and remain there for 30 minutes. When the female left the dressing room, her purse was noticeably bulkier. The female ultimately paid for a number of other items, but not the items that appeared to be in her purse.

A check of the dressing room revealed several security tags and jewelry tags had been left behind. As the female walked toward the entrance, she was stopped and questioned by the employee and the officer. The female was identified as Schreifels.

Schreifels was escorted into the loss prevention office, where she apologized and said that she didn’t meant to steal, and kept requesting that she be able to pay for the items she stole, the complaint says. Police searched  her purse and found several items of jewelry and clothing that belonged to Kohl’s and had not been paid for. The total value of the items was $501.99.

Officers also found an object that looked similar to a pliers, the complaint says. The object still had gray plastic shavings in it that appeared to have come from cutting security tags.

The defendant told police she used the device to clip her acrylic nails, but further review of the stolen items in the defendant’s purse confirmed that at least one pair of underwear had a tear in it where the security tag would have been. A matching broken security tag was found in the dressing room where the defendant had spent 30 minutes concealing the items, the complaint says.


Woman faces felony drug charges

An Oak Park Heights woman faces felony charges in connection with an incident in Oak Park Heights last year.

Angela Capocasa, 43, appeared in Washington County court on April 24, in response to a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance, and a charge of misdemeaner driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

On Sept. 8, 2013, officers were dispatched to the area of Osgood Avenue North, Oak Park Heights, on the report of a driving complaint. Dispatch had received two anonymous complaints about a maroon Chevy Malibu that was described as swerving all over the road. One of the complainants followed the vehicle as it turned onto 56th Street, then onto Osman Avenue and 57th Street. As Officer Zwach approached the location, a witness flagged him down.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect vehicle was parked in front of 14870 57th St., Oak Park Heights. There were two passengers in the vehicle. The male passenger was passed out or sleeping. The driver’s side door was slightly open, and the sprinklers of the town home complex were spraying into the vehicle. The driver, identified as Capocasa, remained seated in the driver’s seat and was getting soaked by the sprinklers, but seemed unaffected, accordingto the complaint.

Capocasa was asked to get out of the vehicle. As she did so, officers noted that she seemed lethargic, had slurred speech and had a difficult time walking and was unsteady on her feet. Several field sobriety tests were conducted on the defendant for which several clues of impairment were noted.

Although Capocasa had a blood alcohol level of 0.000, Capocasa did submit to a urine test that returned a positive result for the presence of hydrocodone and clonazepam, the complaint says. The complaint also says Capocasa admitted that she had taken hydrocodone, clonazepam, Abilify and other antidepressant and pain medications. The defendant was searched, and in her pocket officers recovered three hydrocodone pills wrapped in a plastic wrapper, the complaint says.

Capocasa told officers that the passenger had a prescription for hydrocodone and that she had taken the three pills from him. Located in the defendant’s purse was the passenger’s prescription for clonazepam that was filled on Sept. 7, 2013 for 60 pills, but no pills remained in the bottle.