Hermantown man faces Douglas County chargesCharges were filed in Douglas County Circuit Court against a Hermantown man involved in an interstate police pursuit that ended in the parking lot of the St. Louis County Jail in March.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Charges were filed in Douglas County Circuit Court against a Hermantown man involved in an interstate police pursuit that ended in the parking lot of the St. Louis County Jail in March.
George Dale Foote, 27, faces felony charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and battery of a police officer; he also faces a count of misdemeanor failure to obey a traffic officer.
A warrant was issued for his arrest May 17, the same day the criminal complaint was filed.
According to the criminal complaint:
Superior police officers responded to a bar on Tower Avenue in connection with a fight. Foote told officers he was attacked by five or six males. He was yelling at officers and appeared intoxicated. The bartender told officers the Foote had been causing disturbances in the bar.
Foote walked into the bar, then out the back door and went to his vehicle.
Officer Jennifer Orn followed to arrest him for disorderly conduct. She was in front of the vehicle when Foote started revving the engine. She moved to the driver’s side door and attempted to open it but it was locked.
Foote turned the wheels of the truck all the way toward the officer and floored the gas pedal, causing the vehicle to peel out and pushing Orn back, jarring her right wrist. If the vehicle had not pushed her away, the complaint stated, the officer would have been struck by the vehicle and likely run over by the back tire.
Superior squads followed the man’s vehicle in a lights and siren pursuit.
Although Foote kept driving close to the speed limit, the Hermantown man did not pull over and the pursuit continued across the Blatnik Bridge.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Foote’s vehicle crossed from Wisconsin into Minnesota about 1:30 a.m. The pursuit proceeded north on U.S. Highway 53 and ended at the jail, Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a Facebook post in March.
Foote pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court earlier this month to misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired in the fourth degree and failing to yield the right of way to emergency vehicle stemming from the incident, according to online court records. He was sentenced to one year of probation and 60 days jail, with 58 of those days stayed for a year. He also was ordered to complete a chemical assessment and pay a $1,000 fine.