Police chase in stolen jeep leads to felony drug charges

A Hillman man has been arrested after he allegedly fled from police in a jeep that had been reported stolen by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Royal William Noe Jr.

Royal William Noe Jr., 32, was charged in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge on Sept. 20 before Judge Amy Brosnahan with two counts of felony fifth-degree drug possession; misdemeanors fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle and pharmacy-possession of hypodermic syringes-needles; and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Noe Jr.’s bail was set at $50,000 without conditions or $20,000 with conditions and his next court appearance is set for Oct. 18.

The driver of the reported stolen vehicle, Eddie Ray Callahan, 35, of Fridley, pleaded guilty on Sept. 20 to misdemeanor driving after suspension and was sentenced to three days in jail, which had already been served.

According to the criminal complaint:
On Sept. 18, Isanti County Deputy Dave Matchinsky, assisted by Sgt. Chad Meyer, responded to a complaint on Lakewood Drive Northwest in Stanford Township.

While Matchinsky approached the house, Meyer positioned himself on an access road on the north side of the property in order to monitor the home. Meyer observed an orange jeep renegade reported as stolen by Enterprise Rent-A-Car after the person’s credit card was declined.

Meyer followed the vehicle until it stopped and a man jumped out and fled on foot. He then approached the vehicle and took Callahan into custody pending investigation of the stolen vehicle.

After Callahan was secured, Meyer located Noe Jr. In Noe Jr.’s front pocket was a cigarette box, holding a metal spoon with crystal residue, which later field-tested positive for marijuana. Law enforcement also found on Noe Jr. a one-hitter pipe, with marijuana inside. A shaving kit, which contained a hypodermic needle that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine, was also located inside the vehicle.