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Hastings man faces fleeing charge in Washington County after staring at 3M employees with binoculars

Already facing a felony charge of reckless firing of a weapon in Dakota County from an incident last summer, a Hastings man now faces two charges in Washington County for an incident that occurred Sept. 8.

The Washington County Attorney's office has charged Dennis Michael Dick, 46, with one felony count of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process - interfering with a peace officer.

According the criminal complaint, the Cottage Grove Police Department was called Sept. 8 to the area of Innovation Road and Highway 61 regarding a suspicious male sitting in a vehicle. With a pair of binoculars, the man appeared to be staring at 3M employees.

As the officer proceeded to the location he observed the described vehicle traveling northbound on the road at a high rate of speed. In checking the license plates, the officer learned the owner was Dick and that he had a warrant out of Dakota County for failing to make a court appearance.

After following the vehicle for some time, the officer activated his squad car's emergency lights and siren. Initially the Dick vehicle did not stop. However as he neared the Hastings bridge, Dick was forced to slow down because of the construction.

The officer, and others called to assist, continually made verbal comments for Dick to put his hands up. He refused to follow orders. Officers were forced to use a taser. Dick continued to fight and struggle with the officers, the complaint says. After a canine officer was deployed, Dick submitted to the officer's commands. Dick was then arrested.

Because of his unusual behavior, Dick was taken to Regions Hospital for a 72-hour mental health hold.

The charge against Dick in Dakota County is a result of a June 2010 incident in the Rivertown Church parking lot, about four miles south of Hastings. At that time, Dick told a Dakota County deputy he had fired a gun to "protect all the children in the area."