Man out on bail arrested for almost identical crimeA Duluth man arrested two weeks ago for stealing a vehicle and fleeing police was arrested again Tuesday, for stealing a vehicle and fleeing police.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Duluth man arrested two weeks ago for stealing a vehicle and fleeing police was arrested again Tuesday, for stealing a vehicle and fleeing police.
Raice Warren Johnson, 27, had posted non-cash bond May 13 on the first round of felony charges — for theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree possession of drugs and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle — as well as fleeing a police officer on foot, a misdemeanor.
According to the first criminal complaint:
A tan Chevrolet Express van was reported stolen April 22 from the Pine Ridge Homes area on 22nd Street in Scanlon. 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 Raice 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 that day; he allegedly stole another vehicle in the Duluth area earlier, which he reportedly abandoned (and left running) when he took the van.
A press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s department issued Wednesday about the latest incident stated that deputies were alerted at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday that a vehicle had been stolen in Duluth and had been observed on Interstate 35 headed toward Highway 210 in Carlton.
Deputies located the vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 210 in Twin Lakes Township and attempted to stop it. Ultimately, according to the press release, the driver refused to stop and attempted to flee police officers in the vehicle.
With assistance from officers from five different law enforcement agencies, the suspect — identified as Raice Johnson — and the allegedly stolen vehicle were stopped on Highway 210 near I-35.
Johnson was charged in Carlton County Court — again — for possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing police in a motor vehicle Wednesday afternoon and remained in custody, pending another hearing Thursday morning.