Woman faces charges after leading officers on high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

Update: Collette Ann Hason was charged on March 27 in Sherburne County District Court in Elk River in connection with this incident. She was charged with felonies theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions and next court appearance for April 19.

Press release provided by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office

A 27-year-old female from Champlin is facing charges in Sherburne and Isanti counties following a high-speed chase on March 25 that began in Zimmerman and ended just west of Cambridge.

A 27-year-old female from Champlin is facing charges after leading officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen van that began in Zimmerman and ended just west of Cambridge. Photo provided by Isanti County Sheriff’s Office
A 27-year-old female from Champlin is facing charges after leading officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen van that began in Zimmerman and ended just west of Cambridge.
Photo provided by Isanti County Sheriff’s Office

The suspect’s name will be released once she is formally charged in Sherburne County and returns to Isanti County for new charges, as well as an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation for theft of a vehicle.

On March 25, at 5:18 p.m., Isanti County Communications Center was advised by Sherburne County of a vehicle that had just been stolen from  Zimmerman. The stolen vehicle was located by Sherburne County on Highway 169 and it turned east on Highway 95.

It traveled into Isanti County at speeds over 100 mph. It failed to stop at the stop sign at Highways 95 and 47 and continued east on Highway 95. It traveled into the area of Moon Lake and up to 341st Avenue Northwest, finally making its way back out to Highway 95 and then south on Palm Street. Officers tried several times to PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) the suspect but due to high speeds and other traffic, they were not able to complete the maneuver.

The vehicle spun out on Palm Street, just west of Cambridge, and squads were able to use their vehicles to block the suspect from continuing to flee.

“Our officers got involved in this pursuit after we received a request from another agency,” said Isanti County Sheriff Chris Caulk. “The female immediately committed a felony after stealing a vehicle from Zimmerman, and continued to commit multiple violations during the chase. Our office has reviewed video footage of the chase, and this chase follows within our department policy guidelines. Our goal is to protect the community, and we are able to stop her before she entered the city limits of Cambridge.”

Several squads were damaged during the pursuit, one with severe damage and the others with minor damage. One deputy was treated for minor injuries at the scene by Allina Ambulance and released.

Assisting in the pursuit were the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, Princeton Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Allina Ambulance and Cambridge Fire Department.