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Woman faces felony charges for fleeing officers, assaulting deputy

WILLMAR -- A 26-year-old Willmar woman made her first court appearance Tuesday on seven charges, including two felonies, for allegedly fleeing law enforcement officers at speeds over 100 miles per hour early Sunday morning.

Carlota Elizabeth Gades faces felony charges in Kandiyohi County District Court for fleeing in a motor vehicle and for assaulting a peace officer. She also faces gross misdemeanor charges for obstructing the legal process and for driving while impaired and misdemeanor charges for driving while impaired, reckless driving and open bottle.

Unconditional bail was set at $60,000 and conditional release for $2,500 cash. Her next court date is July 26.

According to the complaint, around 5:38 a.m. Sunday, a Willmar police officer was at the intersection of County Road 26 and First Street North when a passing motorist asked him to check on a vehicle coming southbound on First Street. The motorist had observed the vehicle in the ditch. The officer observed the vehicle, registered to Gades, going 10 mph slower than the speed limit and was weaving into the oncoming traffic lane.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which sped up to 60 mph, turned onto 15th Avenue Northwest and continued on at speeds reaching 85 mph. The car also continued weaving the entire width of the roadway and one set of wheels rode up onto the roadway divider near Ridgewater College.

The pursuit, a total of 10 miles traversed in 9 minutes, continued south on County Road 5 and west on U.S. Highway 12, where speeds reached up to 105 mph. The vehicle stopped west of Pennock and entered the ditch.

Gades was not cooperative with the officers who were attempting to remove her from the vehicle and she was stunned with a stun gun. She continued to kick at officers and resist arrest and scratched a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy who was attempting to re-handcuff her after she worked her hand free of the cuffs. Officers found an open bottle of schnapps on the floor of the car.

Gades was taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where she continued to be "very animated and foul-mouthed," according to the complaint. She denied driving, denied being under the influence, and she threw phone books at an officer. She had to be forcibly escorted to the jail, where she fought with jail staff and officers.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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