PRAIRIE ISLAND -- Using a squad car, a Welch man allegedly led area law enforcement on an extended chase on March 19 that concluded Charles William Childs’ arrest and a totaled Prairie Island Tribal Police Department vehicle.
Around 10 a.m., Prairie Island officers responded to a disturbance call near Treasure Island Resort & Casino. According to Police Chief Jon Priem, while an officer was working to deescalate the situation, 29-year-old Childs slipped into an officer’s vehicle and fled.
According to the criminal complaint:
A 45-minute car chase ensued. Childs used the squad’s radio to make “erratic and bizarre comments about being tortured and blackmailed.”
During the chase, Childs rammed a Red Wing police car head-on at high speed.
According to Priem, two officers involved in the pursuit sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
The chase ended in a field used for parking on Prairie Island after an officer driving a BearCat armored vehicle rammed the rear passenger side of the police vehicle. The Prairie Island Tribal Police Department determined that squad was totaled with a loss of $37,000.
Childs’ bail was set at $300,000.
He faces 10 felonies and two gross misdemeanors.
Felonies include: possession of a firearm, theft, two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of first-degree damage to property, driving a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, interference with emergency communications and use of police radio while committing a felony.
The gross misdemeanors are for interfering with a peace officer and driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety.
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted in ending the chase.