Jan. 20-A 43-year-old White Bear Lake man on meth led police on a high-speed chase from Stillwater to St. Paul, throwing rocks at a squad car as he tried to evade arrest, prosecutors say.
David Andrew Narow was taken into custody following Monday night's pursuit along Minnesota Highway 36, which included several law enforcement agencies and reached speeds up to 115 miles per hour, according to charges. It ended only after a Stillwater police officer managed to pull off a PIT maneuver that caused Narow's vehicle to spin and crash into a snowbank near Edgerton Avenue in St. Paul.
On Wednesday, Narow was charged in Washington County District Court in Stillwater with felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (refusing to submit to a chemical test).
According to the criminal complaint:
Around 8:40 p.m., a Stillwater officer was sent to a business on a report of a man threatening people. The officer was told by dispatch that he was now in his car, and as the officer approached, Narow began yelling at him. Narrow was sweating profusely and had spasms in his fingers, leading the officer to believe he might be under the influence of a narcotic. The officer had prior contacts with Narow and knew that he had used meth in the past.
Narow put his car in drive and sped away. The officer caught up to Narow as he turned westbound onto Highway 36 from Washington Avenue.
As Narow's car passed the Manning Avenue exit, the officer saw two large rocks being thrown from his car. The first rock hit and damaged the squad car's light bar, just missing the windshield. The second rock struck the driver's side of the squad car.
Other agencies joined the pursuit as Narow drove at speeds between 85 and 115 miles per hour. He reached Ramsey County, where a sheriff's deputy threw down stop sticks near Edgerton Avenue. Narow's car started to slow, and the Stillwater officer drove closer to try a PIT maneuver. Narow then slammed on his brakes in what the officer believed was an attempt to smash the squad car.
Narow kept driving, but the officer eventually pulled off the PIT maneuver.
At the Washington County Jail, a correctional officer found in Narow's sock a glass pipe containing white crystalline residue. A drug recognition expert concluded that Narow was under the influence of a stimulant. He admitted he had used methamphetamine that morning, the complaint states.
Last month, Narow was charged with felony drug possession, possessing drug paraphernalia and obstructing legal process after the same Stillwater police officer from Monday's car chase arrested him following a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot.