Created: 01/29/2013 1:12 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
A wanted Coon Rapids man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase and driving recklessly.
Blaine police officers were conducting surveillance near a home on 116th Avenue Northeast on Sunday, Jan. 20, when they saw a vehicle leave the home with the license plate almost completely covered, according to the criminal complaint.
The officers followed the driver and say he didn’t use his turn signal several times. They turned on their emergency lights and siren and tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver instead drove through the parking lot and accelerated onto Tower Place Northwest, according to the criminal complaint.
The officers say the driver was going more than 70 mph and driving recklessly.
The suspect eventually tried to drive over a snowbank near Sandcreek Park but got stuck, so police say he got out of the vehicle and ran northbound. He jumped over a fence on the west side of Quince Street Northwest, where officers used a taser to stop him.
The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Christopher Michael Mevissen of Coon Rapids, who had active warrants for his arrest.
Mevissen has been charged with two counts of fleeing a peace officer. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and $5,000 in charges on one charge and up to 90 days in prison and $1,000 in fines on the second charge.