ELMORE — A man who allegedly crashed into Faribault County sheriff deputies on Monday and his girlfriend are suspected in numerous thefts in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
Charles Francis Kealy, 38, of Oakdale, was charged with felony counts of fleeing police, assault on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, property damage, theft and receiving stolen property Wednesday in Faribault County District Court.
Angela Ann Doerneman, 34, of Apple Valley, was charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and drug possession.
According to the criminal complaints and search warrant applications:
An electrical company's utility truck along with copper wire and tools were stolen from a work site in Lakota, Iowa last Friday. A company representative reported Monday morning a GPS tracker in the truck showed it was on Highway 169 near Elmore.
When deputies tried to pull the truck over, Kealy sped away and drove into a field where he rammed Chief Deputy Scott Adams' squad vehicle.
Deputies twice struck the truck and forced it to a stop but Kealy sped off again as deputies exited their vehicles. Kealy was apprehended after a third deputy arrived and they forced him to a stop again.
Adams and Kealy were taken to the Blue Earth hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A license plate from a trailer that had been previously stolen from the Bricelyn grain elevator was found in the utility truck. The trailer was found Sunday abandoned on the side of a road.
On Monday and Tuesday, Doerneman sold copper wire to a recycling facility in Elmore, receiving over $1,500 in payment. The wire was the same type stolen from Iowa.
The van Doerneman used to transport the wire had been reported stolen.
Doerneman reportedly told investigators she and Kealy were staying with an acquaintance in Elmore and she thought Kealy owned the van. She admitted to smoking methamphetamine and selling copper but didn't say where the copper came from.
Investigators obtained warrants and searched the van and the Elmore residence. They found several suspected stolen items that matched property reported stolen from St. Paul, Albert Lea, Glenville and Kossuth County, Iowa.
Authorities also found pry bars and other burglary tools and methamphetamine, the court documents allege.