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Records for July 11

This is the records summary for July 11.

Two hurt following high-speed chase in east Willmar

WILLMAR — Willmar police arrested Jesus Gomez, 29, of New London after the vehicle he was driving crashed into Valley Golf Course property following a high-speed chase early Thursday in east Willmar.

He was arrested after police were called at 1:47 a.m. to the Superamerica convenience store, 415 First St. S., where an intoxicated driver had stopped at the pumps and entered the store.

The first responding police officer saw the vehicle leave the parking lot eastbound on Becker Avenue. The officer followed and noted that the vehicle was accelerating above the speed limit. The officer activated squad lights and siren, but the fleeing vehicle accelerated even more, continuing eastbound in excess of 80 mph.

The officer was slowing to break off the pursuit when the driver crashed into a berm, fence and some golf carts at Valley Golf Course property at the end of Becker Avenue Southeast.

Both Gomez and passenger Scott Allen Minette, 42, of Sauk Centre, were injured but able to get out of the vehicle on their own. Both were transported by Willmar Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital. Police did not know if seat belts were used.

Following medical treatment, Gomez was arrested and brought to the Kandiyohi County Jail, pending charges of fleeing a peace officer, criminal vehicular operation, driving while impaired, reckless driving, speeding and a stop sign violation.

Police were assisted by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Willmar Ambulance, Willmar Fire Department and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad.

Driver swerves to avoid collision, rolls vehicle in Yellow Medicine County GRANITE FALLS — A 17-year-old driver and his occupants escaped with minor injuries when he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle, lost control, and the vehicle rolled several times.

Marcus Faulkner of Watson was traveling east on 310th Avenue just east of U.S. Highway 59 in Yellow Medicine County around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle traveling west in his lane caused him to swerve to avoid a collision, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Faulkner’s vehicle rolled several times before coming to a stop in a field. The oncoming vehicle did not stop.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Faulkner and his passengers, Jesse Bautistia, 17, and Dylan Killian, 16, both of Montevideo, were transported by ambulance to the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital for minor injuries. All were wearing seat belts.

The case remains under investigation by the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office.

Along with the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office the Clarkfield Ambulance and Clarkfield Fire Department responded to the accident scene.

Thefts WILLMAR — Willmar police investigated the theft of a small safe containing cash and checks from a residence in the 1000 block of Olaf Avenue Northwest. The theft was reported Wednesday.

Also investigated was the theft of a wallet containing about $100 in cash and other valuables and an iPod from a car parked in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest. The theft occurred Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

District Court Kandiyohi County * Jose Noe Carreno, 18, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on a charge of felony theft. His next court date is July 21.

Carreno is accused of stealing cash from his employer by taking money from the tills, by making fraudulent returns for cash, and by stealing merchandise. The thefts are alleged to have taken place between March 1 and May 17 and total $1,315.40.

According to the criminal complaint, the store allegedly had video surveillance of the thefts and also had transaction records. Carreno also allegedly admitted to the theft in a written statement.

* Mason Charles Allinder, 23, of Willmar made his first court appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft. His next court date is July 21.

Allinder was accused of allowing a pickup truck to be scrapped, though it was owned by another man.

According to the criminal complaint, Allinder had given the owner permission to park the truck at his home, and it was there for about a year. When the city of Willmar ordered him to move the vehicle, Allinder asked the owner to move it. When the truck wasn’t moved, Allinder asked a friend to tow it away. The pickup was in the possession of several different people and finally ended up at a local scrapyard.

When interviewed, Allinder allegedly told authorities that he had told friends the truck was abandoned and had them tow it away, because he didn’t want to have the police involved with towing it away.

* Cesar Flores Jr., 25, no address given, made his first appearance in court Thursday on a felony charge of third-degree narcotic sale. Judge David Mennis set bail or bond at $250,000, or pay $1,500 cash bail with conditions or post $10,000 bond with conditions. His next court appearance is Aug. 6.

The criminal complaint alleges a confidential informant notified the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force that the informant could buy 1.9 grams of methamphetamine from Flores. The buy which actually turned out to be 1.4 grams took place Tuesday at the walking bridge near the intersection of Porto Rico Street and High Avenue. Agents followed the informant to the walking bridge where they identified Flores as the seller and arrested him.


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