Alleged methamphetamine and “plant food” users led deputies on a chase from Goodview half the way to Lewiston last Wednesday. Dennis Lee Sharpe, 21, of Winona, allegedly pressed the accelerator until vehicle reached speeds of 97 miles per hour as he fled from Winona County Sheriff’s deputies.
At 3:44 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, deputy on patrol in Goodview — as part of a special seat belt enforcement effort — spotted a driver who was not wearing his seatbelt on Sixth Street near 44th Avenue in Goodview. The deputy turned to follow the vehicle, Sharpe’s Chevy S-10, but Sharpe reportedly made two quick left turns and accelerated, in what the deputy believed was an attempt to avoid him. The deputy activated his lights, but Sharpe drove faster and made another quick left, according to the report. Then Sharpe reportedly ran stop signs at several Goodview intersections and continued accelerating away from the deputy. Sharpe turned right on Service Drive and appeared to stop. The deputy got out to talk to him, but Sharpe allegedly pulled away and continued fleeing. Sharpe continued onto Highway 14 and Gilmore Valley Road, driving 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone and then 97 miles per hour, according to the report. Twice, the deputy said, Sharpe nearly collided with oncoming vehicles. A box truck was reportedly forced off the road as the high-speed chase continued up the valley.
However, Sharpe could not evade the lone deputy, and he finally pulled over near Gilmore Ridge Drive. More deputies and the Lewiston Police arrived in seconds. Sharpe was arrested without incident.
Inside the vehicle, deputies found various drugs and paraphernalia. Deputies reported finding a black tube with a brown residue that tested positive for Alpha-PVP, or “plant food,” a glass pipe with a white residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, a case with several Alprazolam and Pramipexole Dihyrdochloride pills, both of which are controlled substances.
Sharpe appeared under the influence of something, Sheriff’s officials said. He admitted to using methamphetamine the day before and agreed to give a urine test, according to the report.
Sharpe told deputies that he became scared and decided to run because a friend told him he would go to prison. He thought about stopping right away, but he wanted to say goodbye to his mom, he explained to investigators. He said he called his mom on speakerphone and this accounted for his poor driving.
Two female passengers of the vehicle were linked to the controlled substances and paraphernalia found. Catelyn Marie Wylde, 24, of Winona, and Tanya Lynn Zimmerman, 27, of Winona, were arrested for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sharpe was arrested for fleeing peace officers in a motor vehicle and suspicion of driving under the influence.