UPDATE: Man arrested after brief foot chase faces charges for drug sale
Published 10:20 am Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A 57-year-old arrested after briefly fleeing police Tuesday night as officers were attempt to arrest him on a warrant faces new charges for selling methamphetamine to an informant last year.
Joseph Allen Schlichter of New Richland was charged Wednesday in Mower County District Court with felony second-degree drug sale and felony third-degree drug sale from a March 14, 2016, incident. He also faces several charges for the Jan. 24 incident in which he fled police: felony fifth-degree drug possession; gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI-refusal; three misdemeanors: fourth-degree DWI, no proof of insurance, and fleeing a police officer on foot; and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
He also faces two misdemeanor DWI counts and a misdemeanor for driving without insurance for an April 3, 2016, incident.
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Schlicter failed to appear at a Jan. 23 court appearance in the April 3 DWI case, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to court records, officers were at the Walgreen’s parking lot at 9:13 p.m. Jan. 23 when they observed Schlicter driving a 1999 Ford Explorer north on 14th Street Northwest.
Officers caught up with him on the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue Northwest and turned on their emergency lights, but Schlicter kept driving, turning south on 11th Street Northwest and west onto Second Avenue Northwest before pulling into a driveway.
He then fled on foot through backyards and kept running after officers yelled for him to stop. But he fell in the snow and officers apprehended him.
Schlicter would not immediately allow officers to handcuff him, but they eventually did and found a methamphetamine pipe on him. He admitted to using meth earlier in the day.
A K-9 officer did a sweep of the Ford and found 0.40 grams of meth and another meth pipe in the center console, along with unidentified pills. They found he had no proof of insurance.
Schlicter was taken to the jail and failed several field sobriety tests, but he refused to provide a blood or urine sample for further testing.
In the March 14, 2016, case, Schlicter is accused of selling 3.38 grams of meth to a confidential informant, a purchase that was tracked with an audio recording device and text messages regarding the sale.
In the April 3 DWI case, officers observed a green Ford Explorer circling the Freedom Gas Station before it ran a red light. Just before officers could activate emergency lights, the Ford came to an abrupt stop and Schlicter exited the vehicle and began running. Officers ordered him to stop and he did, but officers believed they saw him throw something. They later found a meth pipe nearby, and a K-9 officer also hit on the riverside door of the car.
The car was impounded and police found items in the car with meth and marijuana residue.
Schlicter is next due in court on Feb. 6.