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Police chase: meth user flees through downtown (02/03/2013)
By Chris Rogers

At 11:46 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, an alleged meth user sped through downtown and neighborhood intersections, fleeing police. Quentin James Stejskal, 22, of Winona, allegedly fled from Winona police officers at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour on Sarnia, Mankato, and downtown Second streets. Officers had been looking for Stejskal for hours following two traffic reports, including a hit and run, and after Stejskalís vehicle successfully evaded an attempted traffic stop by officers that afternoon.

According to the report, at 3:50 p.m. the dispatchers received a report of an erratic driver. The caller said that a vehicle ran through several stop signs around Fifth and Sioux streets; the description of that vehicle matched Stejskalís vehicle. Shortly thereafter, an officer spotted Stejskalís vehicle at Sarnia and Huff streets. The vehicle allegedly ran a stop sign. The officer tried to pull over the vehicle. The vehicle allegedly would not stop and drove through the Kwik Trip parking lot at Huff and Sarnia streets and continued driving away. The officer did not pursue the vehicle because of traffic and dangerous conditions, but got the vehicleís license number.

At 3:54 p.m. dispatchers received a report of a hit and run at Fifth and Franklin streets. The caller reported a vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle, backed up, and drove off. The license plate number given by the caller was one number off from the license of the vehicle belonging to Stejskal which allegedly fled police at Huff and Sarnia streets.

Following that report, officers called Stejskalís residence, but no one answered.

According to the report, at approximately 9 p.m., Stejskal called the law enforcement center and asked whether his car had been towed. He said the last time he saw his car was around 3 p.m. at the Winona State University campus.

Subsequently, officers went to Stejskalís residence, but received no answer.

Then, at 11:46 p.m., an officer spotted Stejskalís vehicle driving east on Sarnia Street near Main Street. The officer notified other officers and began following the vehicle. The much-sought-after Stejskal was driving.

According to the report, Stejskal allegedly drove at a speed of 50 miles per hour going east on Sarnia Street, went through a stop sign at 25 miles per hour and started going 50 miles per hour northbound on Mankato Avenue. Stejskal allegedly travelled through the stop sign at Eighth and Mankato streets at 35 miles per hour and continued to Second Street, allegedly blowing through stop signs and traveling at 40 miles per hour on downtown Second Street.

Stejskal allegedly swung into municipal lot Number One then turned back onto westbound Second Street. Officers waiting at Second and Center streets deployed stop sticks (spike strips) which safely deflated Stejskalís tires.

Stejskalís vehicle came to a complete stop at Winona and Second streets, where he was arrested .

According to the report, Stejskal admitted to using methamphetamine at noon that day. Allegedly, he said he did not remember the accident with the parked car and did not notice the first officer who tried to stop him in the afternoon. A drug recognition expert said he suspected Stejskal was under the influence of both methamphetamine and marijuana.

Stejskal is in custody and being referred to the Winona County Attorney for fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and third degree driving while intoxicated.



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