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Cannon Falls pursuit leads to drug charges against Hastings man

A Hastings man was booked into Goodhue County Adult Detention Center on $100,000 bail Friday on felony drug charges and fleeing police.

Chad Anthony Robinson, 29, was apprehended the night of March 23 after allegedly fleeing a Cannon Falls police officer in a vehicle containing more than 56 grams of methamphetamine, according to a warrant filed March 24.

According to the complaint:

The officer spotted a red pickup truck around 11:29 p.m. without headlights on near the intersection of County Road 29 and Holiday Avenue in Cannon Falls. After turning his squad car around to initiate a traffic stop, the officer reported the truck had sped off at high speed. The motorist then allegedly braked rapidly and the suspected driver got out and ran into an open field.

Backup from Minnesota State Patrol, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office were called to establish a perimeter and a K-9 was brought out to assist in a search. A man identified as Robinson was found a short time later and an ambulance was called to treat a dog bite to his hand.

Police say Robinson appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, the complaint states. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls.

A search of the truck revealed a locked box allegedly containing 56.43 grams of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as suspected heroin, marijuana, prescription medication and a digital scale.

Police seized the truck and $1,025 in cash found in Robinson’s possession.

He was booked on first-degree possession of 25 grams or more of cocaine/heroin/meth, first-degree drug sale of 10 grams or more, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree drug possession, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor driving after revocation and reckless driving.

First-degree possession carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine, while first-degree sale has a 30-year maximum and $1 million fine. The maximum sentence for fleeing police is three years and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine. Fifth-degree possession carries a 10-year sentence and $20,000 fine.

Robinson has a 2012 stay of adjudication for fifth-degree controlled substance in Olmsted County, and a 2014 arrest in Dakota County for fifth-degree controlled substance.

He also faces an extradition warrant for crimes in Wisconsin.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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