A Superior man is jailed in Carlton County after leading several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through Cloquet.
Derrick Wade Kastern, 35, was arrested Aug. 4 and charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving and driving after revocation.
According to the criminal complaint, a Cloquet police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of 22nd Street and Cloquet Avenue about 4 a.m. Aug. 4. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren, but the vehicle failed to stop and accelerated away from the officer.
The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office and Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department responded to the officer’s call for assistance, the complaint said. Kastern’s white GMC SUV turned onto a side street and proceeded to lead law enforcement on a chase throughout Cloquet.
During Kastern’s flight, he reportedly drove his SUV over the lawn of a church, hopped curbs and exceeded the speed limit in residential areas.
Officers finally stopped the vehicle in the area of Ninth Street and Carlton Avenue and took Kastern into custody. During the arrest, officers found a small bag in Kastern’s pocket containing a controlled substance that field-tested positive for 2.93 grams of meth, according to the complaint.
As the vehicle was inventoried for a tow, the officers found a gray plastic bag that contained a gallon-size Ziploc bag that contained 298 grams of meth, the complaint said.
In 2007, Kastern was sentenced to three and a half years in Wisconsin prison for delivery of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping. He received a similar sentence in 2014 on charges of delivery of methamphetamine, a felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to flee from a traffic officer.
If convicted on the first-degree possession charge, Kastern faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine or both.
This story was updated at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 24 to include a photo of Derrick Wade Kastern. It was originally posted at 12:29 p.m. Aug. 23.