Felony fleeing in a motor vehicle, obstruction of the legal process, and driving after suspension
On Dec. 21 at about 10:37 a.m., police allegedly observed a man driving with a suspended license on a frontage road along the 1500 block of Hwy. 59 S. Benjamin Gerald Owen, 38, Thief River Falls, has been charged with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle, obstruction of the legal process, and driving after suspension. He was arrested. According to the complaint, a police officer followed Owen until road conditions allowed him to attempt a traffic stop near the intersection of Sorteberg Drive and Michael Street. However, Owen allegedly failed to stop. He eventually stopped his vehicle on Sorteberg Drive, admitted his identity, and refused to comply with multiple commands to show his hands. Owen told the officer that he had paperwork proving that his driver’s license wasn’t suspended. He told the officer that he would drive away. Owen then left, traveling on 167th Avenue Northeast and 152nd Street Northeast until he stopped his vehicle in the 17200 block of 152nd Street Northeast. He then exited his vehicle, yelling that the officer shouldn’t be pulling him over. Given Owen’s actions, the officer called for backup. The sheriff’s investigator and a Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force Officer arrived and took Owen down to the ground. He kicked and wouldn’t place his hands behind his back as instructed. Officers allegedly found a glass marijuana pipe in Owen’s pocket. It contained marijuana residue. After Owen was transported to the Law Enforcement Center, his probation officer requested that police obtain a urine sample from him. Owen refused, saying he wanted to see a judge first. He was then told that he had two hours to submit the urine sample otherwise he would face a probation violation. Owen continued to refuse to comply with the request.
On Dec. 20 at 12:21 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance at C’Mon Inn. Chance Cameron Cox, 23, Haworth, Okla., has been cited for domestic assault. He was arrested. Cox allegedly assaulted a woman. She didn’t seek medical attention.
On Dec. 21 at 12:49 p.m., police received a report of a theft at Northland Village, 1518 Hwy. 1 E. Someone had stolen a Jesse James chopper bike.
On Dec. 21 at 4:59 p.m., police received a report of a burglary at 324 Arnold Ave. S. Someone had stolen jewelry and stuffed animals.
On Dec. 21 at 11:47 p.m., police received a report of a theft at Cedar Lodge. Someone had stolen miscellaneous items belonging to a Thief River Falls woman.
On Dec. 22 at 9:34 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of a theft at 12070 200th St. N.E. Someone had stolen a Chromebook and other items.
Accident and failure to yield
On Dec. 24 at 10:54 a.m., police received a report of an accident at the intersection of Duluth Avenue and Sixth Street. At the time of the accident, Anna Marie Zoller of Thief River Falls was driving a 2016 Dodge Ram southbound on Duluth Avenue. According to the report, she stopped and then entered the intersection, failing to see an eastbound 2007 Pontiac G6 driven by Aric R. Knott of Thief River Falls. Knott swerved to try to avoid being struck by Zoller’s pickup truck. Knott’s car then struck a stop sign and tree. No injuries were reported. Zoller has been cited for failure to yield.
On Dec. 26 at 4:29 p.m., police received a report of an accident near the intersection of Sherwood Avenue and Breezy Drive. At the time of the accident, Vivian G. Coan of Goodridge was turning a 2013 Chevy Equinox onto Sherwood Avenue. According to the report, she suffered a medical condition and her vehicle hit three signs and a tree. No injuries were reported.