Duluth man charged with stealing van, fleeing policeRaice Warren Johnson, 27, was arrested last week after the van he allegedly stole got stuck in the snow in a Scanlon neighborhood.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Duluth man was arrested last week after the van he allegedly stole got stuck in the snow in a Scanlon neighborhood.
Raice Warren Johnson, 27, was charged April 24 in Carlton County Court with theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree possession of drugs and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle — all felony offenses — as well as fleeing a police officer on foot, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint:
A tan Chevrolet Express van was reported stolen about 12:20 p.m. April 22 from the Pine Ridge Homes area on 22nd Street in Scanlon. Upon responding to the call, Carlton County Sgt. Ryan Rennquist and Investigator Dan Danielson observed the vehicle in question near Pine Ridge Homes.
According to the complaint, when Danielson ordered the suspect — later identified as Johnson — out of the vehicle at gunpoint, Johnson swore, got back in the van and sped away from the officers. They gave chase, but he did not stop until he got stuck at the end of a partially plowed road in a cemetery. Johnson allegedly then got out of the van and fled on foot, despite being told to remain stationary. He was eventually apprehended by officers.
According to Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler, the van was the second vehicle Johnson stole. He is accused of stealing another vehicle in the Duluth area earlier the same day, a vehicle he reportedly abandoned and left running when he took the van in Cloquet. According to the Cloquet police chief’s weekly letter to the city, the Duluth vehicle was stolen from Johnson Supply.
When Johnson was taken into custody, officers said he was in possession of about 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, the criminal complaint said.
Johnson’s next hearing is set for Monday. Bail was set at $1,000.