A Hastings man remains in Isanti County Jail following a car and foot chase last week through South Main Street in Cambridge that ended in a swampy area in the Goldenwood neighborhood.
Gerald Thomas Elling, 45, appeared before Judge James Dehn in Isanti County District Court on July 12 where he was charged with felony, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle; gross misdemeanor traffic drivers license-driving after cancellation; and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle.
Bail for Elling was set at $250,000 without conditions or $125,000 with conditions and his next court appearance is set for July 18.
According to the criminal complaint:
On July 10, at 7:55 a.m., Investigator Rob Bowker of the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department observed a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck being driven by Elling. Bowker was aware there were outstanding warrants for the arrest of Elling.
Elling was going to pull up next to Bowker’s squad car at the Casey’s General Store on South Main Street, but then sped away after discovering he had been noticed by Bowker. Bowker immediately gave chase with his lights and sirens activated.
Elling’s vehicle was travelling in excess of 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. Elling eventually turned westbound on Central Avenue from Main Street. Elling was still driving in excess of 60-70 mph in a 30 mph zone, and passed several vehicles near Joy Lutheran Church in Goldenwood.
When approaching a t-intersection along Rum River Drive, Elling exited his vehicle and fled on foot. He ran to a property along the 2750 block of Rum River Drive and continued to a swampy area leading to the Rum River.
Bowker pursued Elling on foot, ordering him to stop and get down on the ground. Elling was located in an area of approximately 3 feet of muck sitting on a downed tree.
Elling was taken into custody by Investigator Wayne Seiberlich and transported to the Isanti County Jail. A female passenger in the truck driven by Elling admitted she knew they were being followed by a police car, and said she and Elling were aware of his outstanding warrants.