Anoka Man Charged after Alleged Police Chase, Crash

Posted at: 01/29/2013 12:59 PM
Updated at: 01/29/2013 4:55 PM
By: Jennie Olson

An Anoka man has been charged with leading police on a chase and crashing into a vehicle occupied by a family of five.

Police tried to stop a vehicle near Lincoln Street and Ninth Lane in Anoka around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The driver instead sped away, leading officers on a high-speed chase to Seventh Avenue and Main Street, according to the criminal complaint.

Police say the driver ran a red light at that intersection and hit a vehicle occupied by two parents and their three kids. One of the kids had a head injury as a result and needed staples.

After the crash, police say the driver fled the scene on foot but was arrested a short distance away. He was identified as 24-year-old Arlan Kaleb Schultz of Anoka. During a search, police say they found two hypodermic needles in his pockets.

He also admitted to using meth, alcohol and marijuana earlier that day, according to the criminal complaint.

Schultz has been charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and criminal vehicular operation. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the fleeing charge and up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the criminal vehicular operation charge.