Suspect charged with 3 felonies after Hayfield chase

Published 4:23 pm Friday, April 29, 2016

The man arrested after a brief chase in Hayfield was charged with three felonies Friday in Dodge County.

Larry Wenthold, 37, of Stewartville was charged with first-degree assault, fleeing a police officer in a vehicle and being a fugitive from justice from another state.

Officers learned Wenthold was wanted by U.S. Marshals in Meade County, South Dakota, for failing to register as a sex offender and was believed to be at a residence on the 100 block of Center Avenue North in Hayfield and driving a 1994 Crown Victoria.

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U.S. Marshals, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office members, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office members and officers from multiple other agencies met in Hayfield to arrest the defendant on a warrant.

Officers spotted the Crown Victoria in the lot of Citizens State Bank, and. Then an officer spotted Wenthold walking to car. An officer parked behind the car and then officers decided to move in to apprehend him and another officer parked in front of him, according to court records.

But Wenthold rammed the Crown Vic into the officers’ vehicles multiple times. Officers reported someone yelling “stop, police, stop” and hearing a noise that sounded like a gun being fired, according to court records.

The vehicle backed up at high rate of speed into an apartment building. Then Wenthold then ran and tried fleeing between two garages, but a U.S. Marshal was waiting there with a gun drawn.

The apartment sustained extensive damage.

Two police vehicles and one civilian vehicle were damaged. Dodge County Emergency Management assisted with the building and housing for people displaced due to structural damage.

An Olmsted County deputy was treated and released at St. Marys Hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

He was also being held on a full-extradition warrant from South Dakota.

Wenthold has a history of assault, weapons possession and recently made threats again law enforcement claiming he would not be arrested without a fight, according to Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose.