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Records, April 27

Man arrested after high-speed chase in Willmar

WILLMAR -- A high-speed chase on a Willmar city street Saturday night resulted in the arrest of a 38-year-old man.

The Willmar man faces charges of third-degree driving while impaired, fleeing a police office in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving after revocation, according to a news release from the Willmar Police Department.

The pursuit began around 11:28 p.m. Saturday when officers saw a car traveling north at high speeds on Lakeland Drive. The incident complaint report filed with the department stated the vehicle was traveling more than 100 mph.

The driver refused to stop.

When the vehicle turned left on 14th Avenue Northeast, the driver lost control and struck a tree. He then fled on foot.

Officers from the Willmar Police Department, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota State Patrol searched the area and located the suspect.

Report of kidnapping being investigated

WILLMAR -- When Willmar police first took a call at noon Saturday, it was feared that a 9-year-old boy had been snatched from his bike and kidnapped.

The initial call said the special needs boy had been riding his bike when a woman jumped out of a car and grabbed the child.

The boy did return home and further investigation revealed a complicated dispute with extended family and unanswered questions about whether the boy was temporarily taken or not. The parents of the child have indicated they want to press charges against the woman they say grabbed their son. The woman denies doing anything, according to Willmar police.

The case is being forwarded to the city attorney for review.


FAIRFAX -- Diane B. Gillispie, 64, of Dennison, was injured Saturday morning in a three-vehicle accident in Fairfax.

According to the State Patrol, Michael Berank, 58, of Fairfax, was going north on state Highway 4 when he rolled through a stop sign and pulled out in front of Gillispie, who was going west on state Highway 19.

A third vehicle driven by Derald B. Briese, 79, of Gibbon, that was also going west on Highway 19 then struck Gillispie's vehicle.

Gillispie was treated and released for injuries at the Redwood Falls Hospital.

Briese had minor injuries. Beranek was not injured.

The incident was reported at 6:10 a.m.

BACKUS -- A Watkins woman was injured in a single-car accident Friday west of Backus.

According to the State Patrol, Terri A. Wieneke, 56, of Watkins, was traveling east on Highway 87 when she lost control of the vehicle. It went into the ditch and struck a tree.

She was treated and released for injuries at St. Joseph's Hospital in Brainerd.


PENNOCK -- A house and garage in the 100 block of Southwest Third Street in Pennock was broken into and 15 to 20 movies and a Compaq Presario computer stolen. The incident was reported at 5:28 p.m. Friday.


WILLMAR -- A 33-year-old man was cited for shoplifting for taking $41.47 worth of merchandise from Cub Foods at 1:59 a.m. on Saturday.

Domestic assault

WILLMAR -- A 23-year-old man was arrested Saturday for disorderly conduct after a woman claimed he had tried to choke her. The incident was reported at 5:20 a.m. when an individual called police and said that a woman was at the door, claiming her husband or boyfriend had tried to choke her.


WILLMAR -- The rear window of a vehicle was reported broken at 10:50 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Fourth Street Southwest.