South St. Paul man charged with three felonies after multi-department police chase

mug 1A South St. Paul man was charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor after allegedly stealing a 2012 blue Suzuki motorcycle and leading police departments in Eagan, Rosemount and Apple Valley on a chase June 22 before being apprehended in Hampton by the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department.

According to two Dakota County criminal complaints, Christopher Alan Siemers, 30, was charged with first-degree criminal damage to property, two counts of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and receiving stolen property over $5,000, all felonies, along with a misdemeanor driving after suspension.

Via Pilot Knob Road, Diamond Path, 145th Street, Dodd Boulevard, Shannon Parkway and County Road 42, officers from Apple Valley, Eagan and Rosemount chased the suspect, who was traveling in excess of 100 mph while ignoring stop signs, no passing zones and traffic lights beginning at 10 a.m. June 22.

The suspect eventually turned southbound on Canada Avenue, then went east on Lower 150th Street before turning north on a dead end cul-de-sac at Camfield Circle. The suspect jumped the curb and drove throughout the park into a field through to 147th, where officers lost sight of the suspect and discontinued pursuit.

Approximately two hours later, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Siemers.

A Dakota County deputy and a sergeant responding to a 911 burglary call in Hampton observed Siemers standing next to a motorcycle that was reported stolen and matching the description and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. Siemers ignored the request and attempted to drive away.

In the process, the deputy attempted to push Siemers off the motorcycle, almost tipping over, but he instead ran into a parked vehicle. Siemers eventually broke away, so the deputy tased Siemers, who hit another parked vehicle, and was placed under arrest.

The damage to the vehicles was estimated in excess of $1,000 and the value of the 2012 Suzuki motorcycle is in excess of $5,000.

Siemers faces a possible maximum sentence of about 15 years and $33,000 in fines.

Siemers also had a warrant for his arrest for a felony in Washington County.