Charges Filed Against Car Chase Criminals
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) Criminal charges were filed Monday against the man and woman arrested last week after leading several law enforcement officers on a 15 mile chase through Olmsted and Goodhue counties.
The pickup truck being driven by 25 year old David Collier had been stolen from a Rochester dealership earlier in the week.An employee spotted it in Oronoco Wednesday and officers were soon chasing it at speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.
After the chase made its way back to the Oronoco area, Collier crashed the pickup truck head-on into a State Patrol vehicle. Another trooper rammed the truck in an attempt to disable it. Collier then rammed the driver’s side door of that cruiser and that’s when the trooper fired three times at the pickup truck. The other trooper then ordered Collier to get out of the truck and he was taken into custody.
It was later learned one of the bullets had struck the driver-side fender of the truck. Another bullet had ricocheted off the truck's windshield.
Also taken into custody was the passenger in the truck, 23 year old Courtney Archer. Both are now facing a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer. They told investigators they did not stop because arrest warrants had been issued for both of them. Collier also said he is facing a 5 year prison sentence for violating his probation.