On Monday, December 30, the Winona County Sheriff’s Department and the Winona Police Department were involved in a high-speed chase that ended in the arrest of two individuals. The Winona Police Department referred Dennis Lee Sharpe, 21, of Winona, for charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and driving after revocation. The Winona County Sheriff’s Department referred Jack David Taylor, 28, of Winona, for charges of tampering with a motor vehicle, obstructing the legal process with force, and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
At 8:45 p.m. a police officer at Fifth Street and Mankato Avenue when he observed Sharpe and Taylor driving a silver Lincoln Navigator westbound on Fifth Street. From personal knowledge, the officer knew that Taylor was wanted for a previous felony domestic assault. The officer began following the vehicle on Mankato Avenue.
According to the report, the Navigator slid onto the curb at Second Street and Mankato Avenue due to its rate of speed and the icy weather conditions. The officer turned on his siren, lights, and spotlight, and followed the Navigator onto High Forest Street as it sped through several stop signs. The chase continued onto Highway 43, past the intersection at Highway 61 and onto County Road 15. The officer terminated the pursuit, turning off his lights and siren, but continued to follow the vehicle to Witoka. Winona County Sheriff’s deputies became aware of the pursuit by radio and responded by attempting to cut off the Navigator at Pleasant Ridge and Homer roads.
At Pleasant Ridge Road, the suspects spotted the deputies’ vehicle and sped off at a high rate of speed, which caused the driver to lose control and enter a ditch. Winona Police and Winona County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Sharpe without incident.
As deputies were clearing the Navigator, a person living near the site of the accident reported that there were fresh tracks in the snow that led from the passenger side of the Navigator to two vehicles in his yard. Deputies followed tracks and reported that both vehicles had been entered but neither had been started. After examining the vehicles, deputies followed the tracks headed toward the back of The Bridges Golf Course, where a Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy with a canine offered assistance.
The Houston County Sheriff’s canine led deputies to the back of Signatures near the heating and air conditioning unit, where they found Taylor hiding. The deputy commanded Taylor to show his hands, but Taylor reportedly refused. The deputy released the canine; Taylor responded by kicking the dog. Taylor then allegedly tried to punch the deputy, who eventually got Taylor to stop resisting.
After Taylor’s arrest, deputies found a folding knife and a bottle of Hydrocodone pills on his person. They were also able to match Taylor’s distinctive tread marks on his shoes to the tracks that were found in the snow near the two vehicles.