ARMED CHASE: Oakdale man subdued in Lino Lakes yard - KMSP-TV

ARMED CHASE: Oakdale man subdued in Lino Lakes yard

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Police in Wyoming, Minn., say an armed and belligerent 46-year-old man from Oakdale, Minn., led them on a chase that spanned more than 15 miles and ended near the back deck of a home in Lino Lakes, Minn.

Officials say an officer with the Wyoming Police Department first encountered Thomas Weller after receiving a driving complaint about the vehicle Weller had been driving south on Interstate 35. Weller was armed with a hand gun and a knife when officers pulled him over -- and "belligerent" too, according to a press release.

Police say that Weller refused to comply with officers' commands, and police then used bean bags in an attempt to disarm him; however, officers say the less-than-lethal rounds were ineffective. That's when the vehicle chase began.

Police deployed stop sticks on southbound I-35 at County Road 23 in Lino Lakes to disable Weller's vehicle. Afterward, he fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood. Wyoming police then used Tasers and the assistance of a Forest Lake K-9 officer in taking Weller into custody.

Weller is now facing the following charges in connection with the incident:

- 2nd-degree assault with a firearm
- Terroristic threats
- Fleeing a peace officer by motor vehicle resulting in substantial bodily harm
- Fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and obstructing the legal process with force

Two officers were treated and released for minor injuries stemming from the ordeal, and police say additional charges may follow.

Currently, Weller is being held in the Chisago County Jail on $150,000 unconditional bail or $75,000 conditional bail. If released, he will be prohibited from using or possessing firearms, alcohol or controlled substances, and will be required to submit to random testing. He would also be required to participate in a pretrial supervision program, and would be barred from entering establishments that sell liquor.

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