A St. Francis, Minn., woman is facing felony charges and is also suspected of DWI after allegedly fleeing Anoka police last Thursday on a stolen motorcycle and eventually crashing into another vehicle at a gas station in Columbia Heights.
According to charges filed in Anoka County District Court on Friday, Nina Jo Guy, 41, was observed by an Anoka police officer on Thursday on a maroon cruiser-style motorcycle. The officer noticed the motorcycle due to an alert officers had received about an hour earlier about a motorcycle matching the description that had been stolen in Isanti by a white female.
As the officer attempted to get the plate number to verify, the motorcyclist made an illegal turn onto eastbound Highway 10, going through construction barriers in the process.
After the officer activated his lights and siren, the motorcyclist did not stop and accelerated away from the officer while flipping off the officer and other motorists.
The officer continued to follow the motorcycle through Blaine and Mounds View and then into Ramsey County. At the I‐35W split, the motorcycle went onto the shoulder and proceeded through the grass and then went southbound. A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was in the area and joined in observing the fleeing motorcycle aerially. The officer then backed off and began to follow at a distance. The motorcyclist proceeded onto I‐694, exiting onto Highway 65 where she ultimately crashed into a vehicle in the parking of Speedway at 5000 Highway 65 in Columbia Heights. After crashing, she was taken into custody following the approximately 22-mile pursuit.
The tail end of the pursuit was captured on MNDOT traffic cameras as the motorcycle entered the gas station.
The woman appears to yell at other motorists as she comes to a stop in the gas station parking lot. She then circles around some gas pumps and attempts to turn around when she suddenly accelerates and strikes another vehicle at the pumps. The motorcycle tips over and the female rider falls to the ground. A police officer can be seen rushing in to take her into custody.
Guy has been charged with felony counts of motor vehicle theft and fleeing police on a motor vehicle, as well as a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree driving while impaired.
The complaint states that based on Guy’s speech and mannerisms, officers believed she was impaired. She was taken to Mercy Hospital for a blood draw, and the results from the test are still pending.
Guy spontaneously told the people in the emergency room waiting area, appearing proud of herself, that she had stolen a motorcycle, the complaint states. She also admitted in a mirandized statement that she had consumed methamphetamine in the previous 24‐hour period, that she had stolen a car and left it in Isanti, and then stole the motorcycle from the VFW parking lot. Guy admitted to knowing that the police were following her and were attempting to stop her.
Guy made her first court appearance on Friday and was granted a public defender. She remained in custody Monday night with a bail amount set at $50,000. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
Minnesota court records show Guy has prior convictions for disorderly conduct and several for speeding.
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