Guilty Plea For Chase That Resulted in Gunfire
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Wabasha County man is scheduled to be sentenced next Monday for a conviction stemming from a high-speed chase in March that ended after a State Trooper opened fire.
26-year-old David Collier of Kellogg pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony count of fleeing a peace officer. He was arrested following a 15 mile long pursuit through portions of Olmsted and Goodhue Counties that began when he was spotted behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck in the Oronoco area.
He eventually crashed the pickup truck head-on into a State Patrol vehicle, prompting another trooper to ram the truck in an attempt to disable it. Collier then responded by ramming the driver’s side door of the cruiser, prompting the State Trooper inside the vehicle to fire three shots at the pickup truck. One bullet struck a fender and another ricocheted off the windshield. No one was injured.
A passenger in the pickup, 24-year-old Courtney Archer, was also arrested and is also facing a charge of fleeing a peace officer. Both Archer and Collier told investigators they fled because they were wanted on arrest warrants, and Collier indicated he was facing a five-year prison sentence for violating his probation.