Man crashes car in ditch, flees police

Published 10:13 am Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A 33-year-old was charged Tuesday after he allegedly yelled at and fled police after his car went in the ditch.

Timothy Isaac Schmidt of Austin was charged in Mower County court with two gross misdemeanors: DWI-operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance and obstructing the legal process by interfering with a peace officer, along with a misdemeanor for fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle.

A citizen reported a white van driving east toward Austin and swerving on County Road 46 WHEN. He or she called again and said the van drove into a ditch and got stuck in a cornfield, according to court records.

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Police found the driver, who identified himself as Schmidt, and yelled an obscenity. He tried to climb over the passenger side door. Police saw he was sweaty, flailing his arms, and at one point put his hands together and said he was praying.

He later locked the doors and rolled up the car windows. Police ordered him to exit the van, but he refused and reached under the driver’s seat and began to dig with his hands.

Concerned he was searching for a weapon, police held him at gunpoint and ordered him to show his hands. Officers broke out a window and repeatedly asked him to show his hands. A chemical spray was deployed, but had no effect.

Schmidt then ran out the driver’s side sliding door before heading northeast across the field. Officers caught him before he reached a home nearby.

He continued to resist and attempted to escape. According to court records, he police he’s struggled with drugs and uses “meth, coke, crack, heroin and oxy.”

Due to his level of intoxication, Gold Cross Ambulance examined Schmidt and determined a squad car was necessary to transport him for medical clearance.

He refused to submit to testing or comply with a warrant for testing.

Schmidt’s next appearance is scheduled for June 23.